The presidency has addressed the differences felt this past Mandela Day, as the country deals with the aftermath of the civil and violent unrest that ensued last week.
The presidency addressed the commemoration of Nelson Mandela and the impact of the unrest in South Africa on Monday, 19 July 2021. President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that this Mandela Day was very different to previous years, referring to the aftermath of a week of violence and mayhem in the country.
Ramaphosa further stated that despite this, the nation observed Mandela Day not as a country on its knees, but as people who collectively embody the spirit of Madiba as never before. He also pointed out that South Africans have been able to endure and unite in the face of a common threat.
In acknowledging people in communities who played a role in defending against looting and violence, the president further stated that this Mandela Day, the people were the heroes of which Madiba once spoke of. In conclusion, the presidency called for unity in mitigating effects of the unrest.
See the post below.
From The Desk of The President – Monday, 19 July 2021 – https://t.co/tjdZh1G59l Yesterday, we joined with people across the world in marking Nelson Mandela Day through acts of service and generosity. pic.twitter.com/f5O5oJHTLb
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) July 19, 2021