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Nzimande denies insult reports

Blade Nzimande denies reports that he wants to make it illegal to insult the president.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Higher Education Minister and South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Blade Nzimande on Thursday denied reports that he wanted to make it illegal to insult the president.

But he said there should be a discussion about what is acceptable in society due to growing anger in black communities, over a lack of respect shown by some whites.

Earlier this week, the SACP in KwaZulu-Natal proposed that insulting Zuma be made a crime.

Nzimande said it is not the official stance of his party.

“All that I was trying to explain is why the SACP in KwaZulu-Natal is thinking this way. Our view as the SACP is that we need a debate [the issue].”

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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