President Ramaphosa has used his weekly letter to the nation as a vehicle to thank thousands of South Africans for rejecting the violence that swept across KZN and Gauteng last week. The alleged insurrection attempt – depending on who you believe – ran out of steam as Cyril and his team deployed SANDF soldiers to the streets.
The looting and rioting had been quelled by Friday, but sporadic incidents have still flared-up over the weekend. In trying to snuff out the civil disobedience, there are still some pockets of unrest emerging – but on a much smaller scale than what we’ve seen previously. For now, an uneasy calm rests over the two affected provinces.
How long this newfound stability will last in SA is anyone’s guess. It’s understood that some of the suspected insurrection instigators have dubbed the public violence as ‘phase one’ of a larger plan to disrupt the government. However, Ramaphosa doesn’t think this cohort will succeed – not when South Africans are on the case, anyway.
The head of state paid tribute to the people of the country, who remained ‘united and resolute’ in the face of domestic terror. As well as praising the Soweto Youth Parliament Leader for mobilising the protection of Maponya Mall, Cyril gave a nod to several other specific civil society groups. Hats off to all them…
“Over the past week, our country was plunged into turmoil. There were those who sought to destroy our constitutional order, but our democracy was rescued by the strong arms of the South African people. What I’ve seen in the last few days is a people united, resolute, and determined to protect this country from anyone that wants to destroy it.”
“In Tembisa, residents stood at night outside shops to protect them from looters. In Mthatha, taxi drivers formed a protective cordon around shopping malls. In Mahikeng, community members organised themselves to guard businesses. In eThekwini, students embarked on clean-up campaigns in the inner city and other affected areas.”
From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021 – https://t.co/tjdZh1G59l Yesterday, we joined with people across the world in marking Nelson Mandela Day through acts of service and generosity. pic.twitter.com/f5O5oJHTLb— Presidency | South Africa ???????? (@PresidencyZA) July 19, 2021