Former Durban councillor arrested for racist rant against Ramaphosa

A South African man was arrested and will be charged in court for posting a video on social media in which he hurled racial abuse at President Cyril Ramaphosa, police said on Thursday.

It was the latest such incident to cause a public outcry in South Africa and shows the racial tensions that endure more than two decades after the end of apartheid rule.

In the video on Twitter, a man identifies himself as Kessie Nair and says “(I) hereby call for that kaffir state president Mr Cyril Ramaphosa to be charged for frauding this nation, for oppressing this nation.”

Nair is a former Durban council member who was sentenced to six years in prison for fraud in 2005

In the widely circulated video, Nair says he is prepared to take a bullet or go to prison for the rest of his life. He also told Nair told News24 that people shouldn’t judge him by this single post, but rather look at all the social justice posts he’s made previously on social media.

The “K word”, as it is known in South Africa, is apartheid-era slang for a black person and is regarded as a deeply offensive slur on a par with the “N word” in the United States.

Nair will appear at a magistrates court in Kwa-Zulu Natal province on charges of crimen injuria and inciting public violence.