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Rivonia trialist Goldberg slams Zuma over election rhetoric

Zuma attacked the DA in the ANC’s election campaign, claiming it wanted to oppress people.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma waves to the thousands of supporters at the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg for the party's final rally ahead of the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Rivonia trialist Denis Goldberg has strongly criticised President Jacob Zuma for using race during the election campaign, saying it handed opposition parties a golden opportunity.

Zuma attacked the Democratic Alliance during the campaign, claiming it was a party that wanted to oppress people and saying he didn't understand why a black man like Mmusi Maimane would want to lead such a party of oppressors.

Goldberg spent 22 years in jail after being convicted during the Rivonia Treason Trial.

He told Cape Town television's John Mattison that Zuma used race to try and win an election.

"And how did he do it? With a retrograde campaign - ' Vote for us because we are black and the others are the apartheid party and the racists'."

Goldberg says Zuma's utterances go against the creation of a non-racist society.

"This is not upholding our Freedom Charter, not upholding our constitutional duty to promote a non-racial South Africa. To retain power, for what? More cronyism?"

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