Zim racist insults ‘persist’

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Harare, Zimbabwe -

Zimbabwe's only white government minister says racial slurs against whites at the highest political level still show “a gross level of intolerance” in the southern African nation.

Education Minister David Coltart said if he made similar insults about blacks he would “rightly be branded as a sympathizer of the Nazis and the Klu Klux Klan.”

He wrote on his Facebook page that ministerial colleagues sometimes seemed to forget he was in the same room when of they made “shocking” remarks about whites, even at Cabinet meetings.

A weekly newspaper run by loyalists of President Robert Mugabe charged Friday that racism by whites has endured three decades after the end of colonial-era rule.

Debate on lingering prejudices in Zimbabwe has raged since allegations of racism in soccer have reemerged in Europe. - Sapa-AP

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