The president of Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) Azapo has slammed President Jacob Zuma, saying that he is oppressing black people.

The Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) was a grassroots anti-Apartheid activist movement that emerged in South Africa in the mid-1960s out of the political vacuum created by the jailing and banning of the African National Congress and Pan Africanist Congress leadership after the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960.The BCM represented a social movement for political consciousness.

The statement was made by the Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo) at a tribute to Steve Biko at the cell in which he died.

“This message is for Zuma and his leadership: As the Black Consciousness Movement, we will not rest until our people are free. The oppression of our people at this point in time is not by white people, but by black people,” Azapo president Professor Itumeleng Mosala said according to The Citizen.

“We are tired of blaming white people for the things black people do to black people,” Mosala said.

The movement has been critical of the ruling party, with a statement at the end of August saying that the country is going in the same direction as Zimbabwe.

“Although we have not yet reached the Zimbabwe stage, some of the elements are present in our environment,” the movement’s honorary president Dr Mosibudi Mangena said in a statement in August.

“Corruption is on the rampage in South Africa and the liberation movement as a whole – ANC, AZAPO and the PAC – has been losing support in the last few elections.”