[ View the story "#IBlameApartheidFor" on Storify] #IBlameApartheidFor South Africans respond to Zuma's correlation between apartheid and violence.
The Stream· Fri, Feb 15 2013 13:53:49
Below, video of Zuma's interview:
Zuma blames Apartheid for escalating violencesabcdigitalnews
Initial responses to the president's statement were satirical:
#IBlameApartheidFor blackberry's reboot taking longer than zuma's speechKgomotso J Kgopa
#IBlameApartheidFor the wind in Cape TownRicky Bynight
#IBlameApartheidFor vanilla coke not being freely available in South Africa.Marthinus Jacobs
#IBlameApartheidFor not having a boyfriend.Riefqah Raraaaahhh
#IBlameApartheidFor my iPhone's battery going down to 6%Marthèlize Tredoux
In that case, #IBlameApartheidFor the Meteorite that just hit Russia moments ago.Kelly
Other Twitter users were offended by those making light of the country's history:
#IBlameApartheidFor white people thinking that the legacy of apartheid is a joking matter. Actually no, I blame the negotiated settlement.Mvelase
#IBlameApartheidFor the complete lack of empathy people have for what apartheid did to their country and its people.Nas Who
This #iblameapartheidfor hashtag might start riots.Mez, the weirdo
#IBlameApartheidFor awesome hashtag White South Africa, way to placate that suburban guiltKavir
You might expect that after Apartheid, SA would be plagued by White guilt. Sadly, there are too many who think there was no wrong done.Calmin' Sense
what a shame, trivializing the effects of years of injustice. Great pity @TrendsSthAfrica #iblameapartheidfor is now trending in SAjeff moloi
Some blamed current racial and social problems on a legacy of segregation.
Those that say you can't blame Apartheid for today's issues must realise 100 yrs of oppression can't go away in 19 yrs. #IBlameApartheidForDevan Dixon
#IBlameApartheidFor Us not having any OMO, it made whites whiter, coloureds brighter but did nothing for the blacks...Sergio-Grant®
#IBlameApartheidFor my people living in shacks while those whose ancestors exploited them insult them with such stupid hashtags.Caiphus L Kgosana
#iblameapartheidfor millions of blacks whose minds are still colonized and aspire to become white.angel-heart aka toto
#IBlameApartheidfor Taking my language (Afrikaans) and turning it into the language of the oppressor.Tristan Pringle
#iblameapartheidfor still existing! Racial segregation by any name is still apartheid. Including BEE and all race based restrictions. #TruthPhilip Coetsee
#IBlameApartheidFor making me, a white South African, the enemyBatty Natz
You're not the enemy. #IBlameApartheidFor that mentality. "@babybunnychow: #IBlameApartheidFor making me, a white South African, the enemy"Lunga Mahlangu
The hashtag was also used to directly criticise Zuma and the African National Congress.
#IBlameApartheidFor giving us such a corrupt ANC government !!!!Jhanvi Singh
#IBlameApartheidFor ignorant black people who keep voting for the same ANC that doesn't change.Todi
#IBlameApartheidFor #Zuma continually trolling South African citizens.ThatBroJo
Do you reckon @SAPresident is following this #IBlameApartheidFor trend and nodding in agreement?Shelley Pembroke
Other South Africans suggested it was time to move the country's political conversation beyond apartheid.
Every time SA has a crisis we say #IBlameApartheidFor it!let's focus on current issues!Like Rape,murdering & abuse of women of all races:-(Garnet
#IBlameApartheidFor continuing to inhibit our ability to unite in solving our problems. #IFHFrederik de Ridder
#IBlameApartheidFor nothing. This country will never move forward if we keep blaming our present problems on the past.caitlin.