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'SA has remnants of institutional racism'

President Jacob Zuma says it's unfair to compare South Africa with other emerging economies.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says it's unfair to compare South Africa with other emerging economies because the country is still reeling from the legacy of institutional racism.

Zuma says South Africa is often unfavourably compared with other developing nations but people forget that those countries haven't suffered from apartheid.

On Tuesday the president launched the 20-year review document, which details some of the successes and challenges facing the country.

The president said those who compared South Africa with other nations, did so without the knowledge of the impact apartheid had on the majority of its citizens.

"It was a disaster. It was declared by the United Nations as a crime against humanity. We cannot forget that in 20 years."

Zuma says most people overlook the successes of the country.

"Many of the countries we are compared to did not have institutionalised racism, and that's the reason why some of us believe we have made very good progress."

He said people who wanted to criticise his government on service delivery backlogs, should do so realistically because the legacy of apartheid still persisted.