Some parts of South Africa have been in a state of unrest since the arrest of former president Jacob Zuma. A large number of people took the streets to protests, the protests then quickly escalated to being violent.
Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday evening, announcing an extension to alert level four and lashing out at those hell-bent on destabilising SA in the midst of a raging pandemic.
However, his choice of words and approach didn’t help in calming the situation. “Fellow South Africans, there is another matter of great national importance that I wish to address.
In the past few days, we have seen sporadic but increasingly violent protests in some parts of the country.
“Key infrastructure like national roads have been affected, slowing down the transportation of goods and services that keep our economy running. Property has been destroyed. Cars have been stoned. People have been intimidated and threatened, and some have even been hurt.
“These acts are endangering lives and damaging our efforts to rebuild the economy. Our Constitution guarantees everyone’s right to freely express themselves and to engage in peaceful protest.
“While there are those who may be hurt and angry at this moment, there can never be any justification for such violent, destructive and disruptive actions. It is a matter of concern to all South Africans that some of these acts of violence are based on ethnic mobilisation.
“This must be condemned by all South Africans at all costs as we are a nation committed to non-racialism and non-tribalism that is underpinned by the diversity and unity of all the people of South Africa, whatever their language, culture, religious beliefs and race,” Ramaphosa said.
His addressed did cause quite a stir with many taking to social media vowing that things will escatlates as he didn’t touch the important aspects of the protest which is Zuma’s incarcenation.
South Africa, let’s not allow President Cyril Ramaphosa to divide us.
— Marxist (@Kgomo389) July 11, 2021
The history of SA is very complicated. This is how they got independence, who knows maybe they will get a better independence after this? Ramaphosa failed to use an opportunity yesterday to unite people. We all knew after his message it’s going to be worse. It’s sad
— Mthembo (@mdue2424) July 12, 2021
It’s unlikely he will be release and the situation will get worse. I can just say with confidence that SA has no leadership whatsoever. Ramaphosa missed a golden opportunity to give SAns confidence yesterday.
— Koena – Mokotedi🇿🇦 (@bereng4) July 12, 2021
Can this idiot Ramaphosa give Zuma presidentially pardon, things are getting worse
— reggie leballo (@ChippaReggie) July 12, 2021
What’s clear is that Ramaphosa wants black people to kill each other, he doesn’t want his hands dirty so he’s using us against ourselves. I hope we don’t fall for it. Abelungu basazo busa if we don’t change our thinking. Trust me 💔 😭
— Rich Aunt (@MeYoRichAunt) July 11, 2021
Did I hear correctly Ramaphosa saying the protests are based on “ethnic mobilisation”. What kind of leader would say such, no man this just can’t be said by person in position of power & authority @CyrilRamaphosa You owe us an apology for such a poorly made statement. #FreeZuma
— Nidakwa Kanjani NingenaLand (@Msigi_Emotion) July 11, 2021
The Apartheid government also used tribalism and ethnic mobilisation to create Bantustans #Ramaphosa
— Jacques Cupido (@jacquescupido12) July 11, 2021