Presidency slams Independent Newspapers group over Zuma story

It’s accused the group of distorting President Jacob Zuma's recent comments about racism.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency has lashed out at the Independent Newspapers group, accusing it of distorting President Jacob Zuma's recent comments about racism, during an interview with eNCA.

In the interview, Zuma stated that South Africa has addressed institutionalised racism since 1994, and that the problem that remained was that of individuals who still harboured racist tendencies and prejudice.

This morning, the Star newspaper's front page story on the interview carried the headline 'It's a gross exaggeration', with a subhead saying 'Nene didn't crash rand, racism is not an issue, says Zuma'.

The newspaper has since apologised on its website, saying while the content was correct, the problem was with the headline.

The presidency's Bongani Majola said, "I must also add, in true openness, the _Star _newspaper has apologised to me and to the presidency for the headline."

Zuma was referring to the recent racist comments made on social media.