Zambia's vice president calls South Africans "backwards"

Zambia's vice president is at the centre of a political storm after calling South Africans "backwards" and comparing the country's President Jacob Zuma to former apartheid-era leader FW de Klerk.

Talking to the UK's Guardian newspaper Guy Scott said: "He [Zuma] is very like De Klerk. He tells us: 'You just leave Zimbabwe to me.' Excuse me, who the hell liberated you anyway, was it not us? I mean, I quite like him, he seems a rather genial character, but I pity him his advisers.

"South Africans are very backward in terms of historical development. I hate South Africans. That's not a fair thing to say because I like a lot of South Africans but they really think they're the bees' knees and actually they've been the cause of so much trouble in this part of the world.

"I have a suspicion the blacks model themselves on the whites now that they're in power. 'Don't you know who we are, man?'"

"They think in Brics that the 's' actually stands for South Africa whereas it stands for Africa. Nobody would want to go in for a partnership with Brazil, China, India and South Africa for Christ's sake."

He said he disliked South Africa because it was too big and "unsubtle".

"I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States, I think. It's just too big and too unsubtle."

South Africa has demanded Zambia explain his remarks.

"We shall be summoning the high commissioner of Zambia ... to seek an explanation behind the remarks and what it means in the context of our bilateral relations," said International Relations spokesman Clayson Monyela.

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