- South Africans took to social media this morning to blast President Cyril Ramaphosa for his silence
- Citizens called for a response as the nation endured violent crime, which some feel has spiralled out of control
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has since broken his silence, and here's what he had to say to Mzansi
President Cyril Ramaphosa has broken his deafening silence as South Africa mourns continued difficulties.
Briefly.co.za reported that #DearMrPresident had seen countless people calling on Ramaphosa to speak out on the situation facing the country.
In a statement released this morning, Ramaphosa commended law enforcement for recent arrests made over the murder of Cape Town student Uyinene Mrwetyana and boxing champion Leighandre Jegels, commenting that:
"The murder of these two young women, one at the hands of a stranger and the other killed by a man who was reportedly her boyfriend, remain a stark reminder that the women of South Africa are not safe, either in their homes or in the streets."
Ramaphosa says that this is a difficult time for South African women, who are facing increased danger:
“This is a very dark period for us as a country. The assaults, rapes and murders of South African women are a stain on our national conscience. We have just commemorated Women’s Month. Sixty three years after the women of 1956 marched for the right to live in freedom, women in this country live in fear - not of the apartheid police but of their brothers, sons, fathers and uncles. We should all hang our heads in shame.”
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