Authorities arrest South African over racist rant

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South African Kessie Nair has been arrested after using a racial slur to describe President Cyril Ramaphosa in a video that has been widely shared online.

In the nearly five-minute long rant Mr Nair says that the president should be charged with “defrauding this nation, for oppressing this nation, for high treason for failing and he’s the source to all crime, violence, poor healthcare, poverty that prevails in a so-called true democracy”.

Mr Nair is due to appear in court on the charge of crimen injuria, which is defined as impairing the dignity of another.

Mr Nair has defended his comments, which he posted on Facebook, saying that he was trying to get the nation’s attention,

“Nobody wakes up one morning and makes a statement and a video like that on social media,” he said.

In the video, Mr Nair criticises the current government saying that it is continuing the policies of racial division.

His family says he has mental health problems and needs help,

Nneka Ukachukwu