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FF Plus heads to SAHRC over alleged hate speech against Zuma

The party has complained about Zuma’s comments that stolen land in SA is the cause of poverty.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma at the ANC's 104th birthday celebration at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on 9 January 2016.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission has been asked to investigate another complaint of hate speech against President Jacob Zuma.

The Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) has complained about Zuma's comments that stolen land in South Africa is the cause of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

The president was speaking during a cake-cutting ceremony to celebrate the African National Congress' (ANC) 104th birthday in Rustenburg earlier this month.

FF Plus Member of Parliament, Pieter Groenewald, said, "So the whites, according to the president and the remarks he made, is the [reason there is] poverty, unemployment and inequality. Therefore we say in terms of Section 16 of the Constitution, that is actually also hate speech."

Last year, the political party also complained about the president's claim that the country's troubles began when Jan van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape.