- President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation on Reconciliation Day
- Under the dark cloud of Covid-19, Ramaphosa attempted to prompt a feeling of unity
- Ramaphosa has highlighted 2020 as one of the hardest years that SA has had to endure
On the 25th Reconciliation Day since the birth of democracy in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation.
The President acknowledged the bitter history attached to this day in the past, commenting that:
"For much of our history, this day in our national calendar has been a symbol of division and conflict. Now, we observe this day as one nation. This should be a time when we commit ourselves to build bridges and celebrate the splendour of our diversity as displayed in our languages, our cultures, our faiths, and our histories."
Ramaphosa admitted that the past year has been one of the most challenging the nation has faced:
"The year 2020 is one of the most challenging our young democracy has faced. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought great hardship and untold suffering to millions of our people. All South Africans, black and white, have come together to confront this grave threat. The support, the encouragement and the solidarity extended to those in need has been a great inspiration."
While the pandemic has come at an immense cost, it has proved that SA is not the society that the past government had hoped for:
"As much as the pandemic exposed the great economic divisions that exist between us, it has shown once again that we are not the society that the apartheid system intended us to become. We are not a people who care and extend help only to a section of our nation. We are not a people who care only for some of our people and are content to leave others to suffer."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had previously called on citizens to learn a new indigenous language to show support for other cultures that call SA home.
This, according to the President, would help prompt a sense of unity in the country.
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