Zuma thanks SA's black majority for not seeking 'revenge' after apartheid

Jacob Zuma has told the country's majority that their decision not to seek revenge was not a sign of weakness.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has thanked South Africa's black majority for 'not seeking revenge' after apartheid and showing a commitment towards nation-building.

Zuma also thanked members of the wider South African public for their efforts in achieving a united society.

He was speaking at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University today where he says inequality is the biggest hurdle preventing total reconciliation in the country.

The president told the country's majority that their decision not to seek revenge was not a sign of weakness.

"It was a bold and courageous act of patriotism."

While he thanked many other South African's for their efforts, he says the black majority in particular has been worst affected.

"The poverty and the inequality that still persist delay the dividends of the freedom for many."

The president says those who refused to be part of the apartheid defence force and fought against conscription should also be celebrated as heroes of the struggle.