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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: GCIS

Ramaphosa condemns on-going sporadic protests in KZN and Gauteng

President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the on-going protests in KZN and Gauteng saying acts of criminality won’t be tolerated.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the on-going sporadic protests in the country, saying they are endangering lives and damaging efforts to rebuild the economy.

In several 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.


While addressing this issue of ‘great national importance’ Ramaphosa said these acts must be condemned by all South Africans at all costs.

“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,” he said.

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

“Let us be clear, as a nation, that we will not tolerate acts of criminality. Those who are involved in acts of violence will be arrested and prosecuted. Those found guilty of breaking the lockdown regulations will receive the stipulated penalty. This will be done without fear or favour. We also condemn attempts to create confusion by sharing false images and videos, often from events that took place many years ago.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa also asked people to think carefully before sharing anything on social media or elsewhere that may not be accurate or verified.

SAPS confirmed that one person was shot dead, following the wave of rioting and looting across several South African provinces. The so-called ‘Zuma protests’ have been raging all weekend, turning deadly on Saturday night.

Several others were arrested in both KZN and Gauteng over the chaos and unrest.