Zuma: SA still dealing with apartheid legacy

The president says poverty, poor education and a lack of housing were results of institutional racism.

President Jacob Zuma addresses Parliament during the 2014 State of the Nation Address. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - South Africa is still dealing with the legacy of apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

He made the comments a business breakfast briefing.

The president spoke about a range of issues, including how to grow the economy, the weakening rand, violent protests and Gauteng e-tolls.

In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening, Zuma gave his synopsis of his administration's gains over the last five years.

Zuma says poverty, poor education and a lack of housing were all direct results of the country's history of institutional racism.

"The anger and violence that we see in society indicates that we have not dealt with the pain and psychological impact of apartheid."

He says the economy needs to grow to five percent to create more jobs.

The president believes the weak rand is not the result of poor government policies, but of the global economic environment.

On the issue of e-tolls, Zuma says his administration has been considerate by exempting certain groups from paying.

"I think the e-tolls and the manner in which it is arranged is actually very considerate."

He says tolling in Gauteng has been turned into a political issue.