Outrage at racist effigy of South African minister

There is outrage in South Africa after two white men hung an effigy of a black politician from a trees in scenes reminiscent of southern states of the US.

Gauteng provincial education minister Panyaza Lesufi, a much-respected politician locally, posted pictures on his Twitter account from Wednesday.

Referring to the two men as “morons” Mr Lesufi said that “we defeated your racist grandparents, you are nothing!”

Mr Lesufi had been involved in an effort to get black children into Afrikaans-only schools which are predominantly white, much to the displeasure of some of the white parents. He said:

I only believe that all languages must be treated equally and all our children must study together. When they went to the office of the minister, I really felt that they’d crossed the line.”

The governing African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng said it is outraged by threats made against Mr Lesufi and his children by a group of white people who have accused him of “raping Afrikaans”.

South Africa is still battling to reverse the legacy of apartheid, which ended in 1994 when Nelson Mandela became the country’s first democratically elected president.



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