ANC criticised for speaking out on Floyd killing while remaining silent on Khosa

2020-06-03 06:00:00 PM

The ANC has received harsh criticism from EFF MP Naledi Chirwa for issuing a statement in support of George Floyd and the BlackLivesMatter protests in the US, but not doing the same regarding the death of Collins Khosa in Alexandra.

The ANC has received harsh criticism from EFF MP and social justice advocate Naledi Chirwa for issuing a statement in support of George Floyd and the #BlackLivesMatter protests in the US, but not doing the same regarding the death of Collins Khosa in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

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Chirwa questioned what the ANC was doing about the 11 lives that had allegedly been lost at the hands of law enforcement officials during the lockdown.She said charity should begin at home, with the ANC calling out injustices occurring in South Africa before addressing international incidents.

“Eleven black men were killed by the police during the lockdown period alone. [President Cyril] Ramaphosa called it ‘overenthusiasm by the police’. When the ANC calls for his intervention in the US, what kind of intervention do they imagine? Eleven black men!” said the passionate Chirwa.

Khosa (40) died on April 10, allegedly after an altercation with soldiers and Johannesburg metro police officers.Read:Chilling similarities between the deaths of Collins Khosa and Steve BikoPolice Minister Bheki Cele has continued to dispute that up to 11 people have died at the hands of law enforcement officials since the national lockdown began on March 26.

Cele has reiterated that this number has been inflated by the fact that, when the Independent Police Investigative Directorate issued a statement, it merely stated the statistics before investigations into the deaths were concluded.There has also been a lot of dissatisfaction expressed by South Africans on social media who are questioning why the governing party has remained silent when so many have allegedly been killed by police or soldiers in their own country, but the ANC still felt the need to air its views on Floyd’s death in the US.

We urge our government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to engage with the American government through established diplomatic channels to defuse racial tensions and build social cohesion among different races.ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said

The criticism began after the ANC on Tuesday said it was concerned about the numerous incidents of police brutality in the US, particularly against African-Americans.ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said: “The ANC calls for calm in the US following widespread riots ignited by the death of George Floyd and other black Americans an the hands of police. We also call on all Americans and their government to seek an amicable solution to the current racial impasse.”

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Mabe added that, while American authorities had charged the officer who was videoed kneeling on Floyd’s neck, it was equally concerning that incidents of police brutality against African-American citizens were increasing. Floyd was unarmed and died at the scene.

“The cascade of recent cases – Ahmaud Arbery, who was jogging while black, Breonna Taylor, who was sleeping while black, and Floyd encountering police while black – has sharpened the focus on inescapable realities that American society places a perilously low value on black lives,” said Mabe.

“We urge our government, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to engage with the American government through established diplomatic channels to defuse racial tensions and build social cohesion among different races.”Read:Violent soldiers and police: A test of Cyril’s democracy

The statement urged leaders to show solidarity regarding the murders of citizens at the hands of police, however, social media questioned why Khosa’s case was not mentioned.Khosa’s life partner, Nomsa Montsha, stated in an affidavit that she was at home with him and two others when the soldiers arrived and accused them of violating the lockdown regulations.

The matter was investigated by the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) board, which found that the police and the SANDF had no hand in Khosa’s death.The SANDF board concluded that Khosa was “conscious and healthy” when security forces left.“The deceased had a small cut above the left eye, a scratch on the left leg underneath the knee and no other injuries were identified by the pathologist. The injuries on the body of Mr Khosa cannot be linked with the cause of death. Consequently, the board concluded that the death of Mr Khosa was not caused by SANDF members, nor Johannesburg Metro Police Department officers,” it said.

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'Solidarity with Floyd is useless if there's no justice for Khosa': Mzansi reacts to ANC's US police brutality statementThe ANC's statement on the George Floyd protests in the US has been largely criticised after not mentioning Collins Khosa ANC gaslighting as usual. Nothing to see here. What a bloody cheek! How many of their own ppl have the anc murdered during the lockdown along? Our kids are gonna ask us questions like when did apartheid ended.why people were grossly treated by gov And what have you done Mom/Dad ...why did you put them in power

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