‘Zuma must apologise for Africa remarks’

The ANC and the presidency have defended Zuma, saying his remarks were taken out of context.

The ANC and the presidency have defended Zuma saying his remarks were taken out of context. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) is demanding that President Jacob Zuma retract his comment that Gauteng residents should not think like Africans in Africa when it comes to e-tolls.

The ANC and the Presidency have defended Zuma, saying his remarks at Wits University on Monday were taken out of context.

Zuma said, "We can't think like Africans in Africa generally, we are in Johannesburg and not some national road in Malawi."

The comment sparked national debate.

The ANC's Khusela Sangoni-Khawede stated, "It was in the context that our responsibility is far greater as we are the link to other parts on the continent."

But the DA's Mmusi Maimane wants Zuma to apologise and says e-tolling will only undermine Johannesburg's economic potential.

"What is out of context is the fact that we've got tolls in a province where people don't want tolls, and the president is insisting on double taxing people."

It's expected that Gauteng road users will begin paying for e-tolls before the end of the year.