Shivambu Divides Mzansi With Ramaphosa ‘Crocodile Tears’ Comments

Under adjusted lockdown level 3, non-essential establishments, including shops, restaurants and bars, must close at 8 pm. The sale of alcohol has been banned and consuming it in public spaces is prohibited.

Shivambu Divides Mzansi With Ramaphosa 'Crocodile Tears' Comments-SurgeZirc SA
Floyd Shivambu/Photo File: Sowetan

EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu has again got tongues wagging on social media after he said people should not be moved by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “crocodile tears”.

In an emotional address to the nation on Monday, a teary-eyed Ramaphosa pleaded with citizens to take care of themselves and comply with Covid-19 regulations after the country’s infection rate hit the one-million mark.

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In his address, he prohibited indoor and outdoor gatherings for 14 days, extended curfew and closed beaches in Covid-19 hotspots. While some were moved by Ramaphosa’s address, Shivambu said his tears were fake.

He said the president encouraged reckless behaviour when, in September, he allowed the sale of alcohol and encouraged people to take part in the Jerusalema dance challenge. “People danced, added other songs (Amapiano mostly). Now he’s shedding a crocodile tear.  Fact is, crocodile tears are caused by where we are, what we ate and drank,” said Shivambu.

Under adjusted lockdown level 3, non-essential establishments, including shops, restaurants and bars, must close at 8 pm. The sale of alcohol has been banned and consuming it in public spaces is prohibited.

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Shivambu’s statement drew a mixed reaction online. Some agreed with him, but others defended the president, saying irresponsible citizens were to blame for reckless behaviour, not him. Here’s a snapshot of some of the reactions:

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Brenda Crooks
Brenda Crooks
3 months ago

Shivambu has absolutely no idea of what stress CR is under right now. Easy to sit at home and belittle emotions.

Wongalethu Ka Mhlakaza
Wongalethu Ka Mhlakaza
3 months ago

It’s deputy CIC that man Ramaphosa is so evil and he needs to be stopped or else we gonna all die and he be left in this country with few and Bill Gates

Leonard Seshwene
Leonard Seshwene
3 months ago

Nnete ke nnete Ramarikana is a snake deep down inside he is laughing at us that one he’s got mark of beast