ANALYSIS: Ramaphosa calls 11 lockdown deaths and 230,000 arrests an act of ‘over-enthusiasm’ – really!
There is a breathtaking level of police violence in South Africa, and only Kenya and Nigeria have seen more people killed.
By all the accounts I can find, South Africa has arrested more people than any other country during the lockdown. Over 230,000 people have been arrested for violating the draconian measures put in place to keep people safe while 11 South Africans (all black men, like George Floyd, the American killed by police) have died in police action during the lockdown. About 177 countries have put in place measures to curtail movement as a way of reducing the spread of Covid-19.
CLOSEYet, President Cyril Ramaphosa in a briefing to editors on Sunday 31 May explained this as: “They (the police) let their enthusiasm get the better of them.”Ramaphosa did not mention the death of Collins Khosa after his violent detention by the SANDF and which has been castigated by the courts, or the deaths of 11 other South Africans in police action and confirmed by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to Parliament in May.
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This is a breathtaking level of police violence and only Kenya and Nigeria have seen more people killed, according to thisreport of a UN Human Rights Commission report on toxic lockdowns in which South Africa got a starring role. AsCarte Blanchereported, 230,000 South Africans now face having criminal records for often minor infringements such as being on a road walking but without a till slip to prove a purchase, out walking (within the exercise window), or smoking a cigarette without a slip to prove historic purchase.
The deputy justice minister, John Jeffery, said in an interview with the television programme that the government was looking at how to ensure there will not be criminal records, but in most cases, people paid admission of guilt fines which carry the threat of a criminal record.
Jeffery was less than convincing or clear in the interview, suggesting that a public health lockdown has had the consequence of criminalising a quarter of a million South Africans and also hiking police killings of black men to a much higher level than the police violence now roiling the US. Asked about the killings and the other allegations of misconduct in
a briefinglast week, Cele fly-swatted the question away with a nonsensical statement that “if someone says I stole a chicken, it’s only an allegation”. Read more: Daily Maverick »
'Don't piss down my back and tell me its raining.' Useless GovernmentZA Leon_Schreib Over enthusiasm? Understatement!!! To the ppl saying the middle class must fall in SA. Why do you want your black brothers & sisters to fall? The SA'n middle class has varied from 13.5% to 43.2%, and the share of black SAns forming part of it between 48% and 83.9%. beware of mind games
cyrilramaphosa shame The world is becoming more Insane by the day! Cyril Ramaphosa has shown his colours. We see him clearly now : A Hypocritical Communist and Self enriching New World Order puppet. He has abused SAns trust and there is no place in South African governance for him. ANC... the gift that keeps on giving
Our_DA jsteenhuisen DeanMacpherson over-enthusiasm ? 11 lockdown deaths and 230000 arrests .. let me correct that for you Cyril .. its a fucking disgrace Leon_Schreib Then Marikana was probably a jolly good show How luke warm can one get, before dying? Just asking. DaDerekTa Just thinking, has it become a norm for black people to be killed is SA? Have we become so used to it that we don’t react anymore ?
It would have been better if he didn’t say anything. This response has enraged me. Seriously Mr President? And with which SANDF and SAPS behaviour CR himself was 'generally satisfied'. Diabolical. Through all the left hand right hand, mad masked mumblings, Talking Head, Talking Hat and Talking Nonsense, the ANC has finally and collectively lost it.
Ramapoephol is a puppet of the NDZ communist regime. It doesn’t matter what he thinks (if he could) because NDZ will tell him what he thinks. NDZMustFall johnspeaksforme ANCMustFall cyrilhasfallen These criminals in office are about to find out what ‘over enthusiasm’ means!
Ramaphosa faces his thorniest test as virus lockdown easesAdmired by some but berated by others for imposing a tight lockdown, AFP has profiled President Cyril Ramaphosa's fresh leadership test over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Why Mr Ramaphosa? This rests squarely on “The Collective”!
Ramaphosa faces thorny test over virus lockdown
Cyril Ramaphosa faces thorny test over Covid-19 lockdownAdmired by some but berated by others for imposing a tight lockdown, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces a fresh leadership test over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Admired? Wow i never thought of that....thats a big word n obviously it should come with big responsibilities. I didnt see that Cyril’s bulls have bigger balls. Please stop using words like 'tHORNY'. Our minds are not fully functional yet.
DA wins first round in court battle around legitimacy of Covid-19 command councilThe opposition party is challenging the legitimacy of the Disaster Management Act in an attempt to challenge the coronavirus lockdown regulations Basic human rights are not up for political debate or at governments discretion or based on a percentage of the population that believe it will benefit them. These rights are not subject to a constitution. lockdownSA covid19SA Truewillseeker YOU GO Our_DA 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 Excellent work Our_DA thank you for standing up for people’s rights
Ramaphosa saddened by eNCA cameraman Lungile Tom's deathLungile Tom passed away earlier this month after a battle with COVID-19. and colins And this is newsworthy you excited... And CollinsKhosa ?
LIVE | Ramaphosa calls for 'economic patriotism' | News24Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases. Stop the lockdown and stop stealing then you help all Let me guess: no white businesses need apply. We don’t know we’re is this Money,going as we haven’t received anything since we’ve applied for it 🤦🏾♂️