Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe walked away from a group of journalists in South Africa commenting “I don’t want to see a white man”, television footage showed Friday.
Mugabe was visiting Soweto, heartland of the anti-apartheid struggle, on Thursday on the final day of his state visit to South Africa when he approached a group of reporters.
But after apparently spotting an unwelcome face, he suddenly turned on his heel with the brusque remark: “I don’t want to see a white man”.
Mugabe’s comments were caught by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) cameras as he left a memorial museum for the 1976 student uprising in Soweto.
The Hector Pieterson Museum honours about 200 unarmed black school children killed by white police during demonstrations in June 1976.
Mugabe, 91, regularly throws barbs at western nations and former colonial powers.
He used a press conference with President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday to attack the UN security council, the United States and Britain.
Mugabe’s two-day trip was his first state visit to South Africa in more than two decades.