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Presidency lashes out at columnist

The president’s office said Max du Preez’s article was prejudicial and racist.

FILE. Columnist Max du Preez has in an opinion article blamed the president for recent suspensions in Sars & the Hawks. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency on Tuesday lashed out at columnist Max du Preez.

This after he wrote an opinion piece in which he blamed President Jacob Zuma for the recent suspension of senior South African Revenue Service officials and Hawks head Anwa Dramat.

Zuma's office said the article was prejudicial, racist and had factual errors.

It said the column was a personal attack on the president and the information was not verified.

Du Preez however disputed this, saying it's important for him to voice his opinion.

"The golden thread of his [Zuma's] presidency is to make decisions and interfere so as to stay out of court.

"The Presidency's reaction that I was probably a racist is on the same level as Steve Hofmeyr and Dan Roodt calling me an Afrikaner hater," the columnist added.

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