Looting And Protests Continue Across The County As Masses Not Satisfied With Ramaphosa’s Address

It is a matter of concern to all South Africans that some of these acts of violence are based on ethnic mobilisation.

Looting And Protests Continue Across The County As Masses Not Satisfied With Ramaphosa's Address-SurgeZirc SA
Cyril Ramaphosa/Photo File: News24

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.

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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.

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“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.

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