- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the very existence of South Africa is being put to the test
- During this time, Ramaphosa says citizens have taken charge when it comes to implementing preventative measures
- This comes at a time when the country's future depends on the action taken today
President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again spoken out about the coronavirus pandemic in his weekly letter to South Africa.
The president says the very existence of the country is being put to the test amid the outbreak:
"There comes a time in the affairs of a country when, in the face of the most formidable of challenges, its very existence as a nation is put to the test. The coronavirus pandemic continues to spread at a relentless pace across the globe. As nations of the world we find ourselves in the same fight: to contain the virus, to protect the lives of our people, and to fortify our economies against the inevitable disruption to manufacturing, productivity, growth and employment."
Briefly.co.za reported that last week saw the government implementing regulations into play to limit the spread of the virus.
Ramaphosa noted the efforts citizens were putting into the matter despite the difficulty of changing their behaviour:
"From filling stations to taxi ranks, from spazas to restaurants, South Africans fully understand the gravity of the situation. Hand-washing is being practised and hand sanitiser is available in stores and other retail spaces. People are observing the rules restricting large public gatherings. Businesses and workplaces are complying with the regulations in the best interests of their customers and employees."
The president explained that this response to the coronavirus has defined South Africa in the midst of a crisis:
"What we are witnessing is social solidarity in action, a defining feature of our nationhood. At times of crisis such as this one, it would be easy to surrender to the impulses of opportunism, greed and naked self-interest. History bears witness to the dark side of human nature that can be exposed when fear and panic takes hold. But as the South African nation we are standing firm. As we navigate our way through the difficult times that lie ahead, we must continue in the spirit of empathy and selflessness and move with unity of purpose. The social compacts of which I have spoken are needed now as never before. Of these, the social compact between citizens and their government is the most important of all."
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