Vigilantism should not be allowed to take root: S African president Ramaphosa

Johannesburg, Jul 19 (PTI): Vigilantism should not be allowed to take root in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated in a keynote deal with at a webinar to mark Nelson Mandela Worldwide Day.

“This becomes particularly important as we see reports of increased racial tension and incidents of racial violence especially in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal (province),” Ramaphosa stated on Sunday.

The president was referring to tensions within the Indian space of Phoenix, north of Durban, over the previous couple of days as vigilante teams have blocked off entrances within the wake of week-long violence, looting and arson within the area after protests in opposition to the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma turned violent.

The protests began after the jailing of Zuma on July 7, however quickly degenerated into mass mob looting and arson allegedly fuelled by poverty and unemployment.

Zuma was sentenced to fifteen months imprisonment by the nation’s apex court docket for contempt of court docket after he repeatedly refused to testify on the Fee of Inquiry into State Seize, the place a number of witnesses have implicated him in corruption.

Armed vigilante teams have been blockading entrances to Phoenix, a township created in the course of the apartheid-era separate improvement coverage of racially-segregated residential areas to forcibly resettle tens of hundreds of Indian residents from throughout the town.

There have been complaints from residents of three Black townships surrounding Phoenix that they’re being debarred entry to the world, even to go to their locations of labor there, with stories of 20 individuals killed in Phoenix and others lacking.

The racial pressure has been aggravated by extremely inciting social media messages, most of it faux news, on both aspect of the divide.

The president referred to as for an finish to dissemination of faux news and messages that incite hate and unfold prejudice as he repeated a suggestion from panellists {that a} portal be established to intercept and deal with these faux messages to keep away from them spreading panic amongst residents.

“We also observe efforts to fuel racial tension through social media and other platforms and it is therefore important that all of us must work towards the value of non-racialism and inclusive societies, even at the worst of times,” Ramaphosa stated, as he cited the dedication of former President Mandela to this.

“Whilst in the dock, Madiba (clan name by which Mandela is affectionately known) stayed true to the values of non-racialism. He was clear that he fought against white domination and he would fight against Black domination. We must all strive to emulate this example and build one South African nation,” he stated.

“President Mandela would have reminded us that despite the challenging times we find ourselves in, we should keep our heads pointing towards the sun and we should keep our feet moving forward. He would encourage us to never give up or even to despair,” Ramaphosa stated.

“Vigilantism must not be allowed to take root in our country and those opportunities or temptation must not be allowed at all. We owe it to the legacy of President Mandela and all our brave forebears who sacrificed so much for our freedom to remain steadfast in the face of this well-planned and coordinated attack on our nation,” he stated.

“Our young democracy and our movement are going through a very difficult time. Very serious attempts were and continue to be made to instigate the unrest,” Ramaphosa added.

Ramaphosa recommended the hundreds of individuals of all races who joined in efforts throughout the nation on Mandela Day to wash up the destruction brought on by the looters, who even took away ceilings and counters at outlets.

Earlier on Sunday, the president himself rolled up his sleeves and took a shovel to affix those that had been doing so at a venue in Soweto.

“We cannot say that such attempts will not be made in future, nor can we say that those who seek to divide us will stop in their efforts. But we can say right now that South Africans have shown their mettle,” he stated.

“The response of our people gives us reason for optimism and to once again marvel at their optimism and their spirit and their courage in ensuring that they defend their democracy,” Ramaphosa concluded. PTI FH RHL

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