Police in South Africa say they have arrested a man who racially abused the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The man who will be charged in court posted a video on social media in which he hurled abusive and racial rant at the President.
In the said video posted on Twitter, the man who calls himself Kessie Nair says “(I) hereby call for that kaffir state president Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to be charged for frauding this nation, for oppressing this nation.”
He continued saying Ramaphosa must be charged “for oppressing this nation, for high treason for failing and he’s the source to all crime violence poor healthcare, poverty that prevails in a so-called true democracy”.
The “K” word Nair,a white South African used is an apartheid-era slang for a black person. In South Africa it is regarded as a deeply offensive slur similar to the “N word” in the United States.
Police say Nair was arrested on Wednesday and will be charged at a magistrates court in Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
He is facing charges of crimen injuria and inciting public violence, according to police officials.
Nair earlier before his arrest defended his comments on Facebook. He said “Nobody wakes up one morning and makes a statement and a video like that on social media.”
Reaction from Presidency
Meanwhile Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko told News24 that Nair’s tirade against the president demonstrates “delusional and attention seeking behaviour.”
“This gentleman is clearly a sick person and his racist rant is not deserving of any airtime.”
“We have no doubt that his views do not represent the majority of South Africans working hard to build unity and shared prosperity in this country. We urge his family and friends to give him the support he clearly needs,” she said.
Last month a white South African man also used the “K” word to describe black South Africans, causing outrage. Some Nike stores were closed because the man reportedly had links to the U.S. sportswear company.