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Vuyolwethu Zungula claims black South Africans are the most persecuted by SANDF and SAPS during lockdown

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Parliamentary official for the African Transformation Movement, Vuyolwethu Zungula, has shared a series of controversial tweets regarding the SAPS and SANDF’s alleged persecution of black citizens during the 21-day lockdown.

Vuyolethu Zungula took to social media today, 30 March 2020, to state that he viewed the South African Police Service (SAPS) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as the enemy of the people during the 21-day nationwide lockdown. He stated, “Until I see Whites, Indians getting the same treatment for breaking the lockdown rules, I will view the SANDF and SAPS as the enemy of the people.” The tweet came in response to a video of the SANDF ordering a black citizen to roll around on the floor as punishment for breaking the lockdown regulation against loitering.

He went on to state, “I have seen quite a few videos and it’s always the black man that is subjected to such brutality.” Zungula shared a series of retweets, in an attempt to reiterate his point, showcasing a number of white families hosting roadside braais on residential streets without any consequences.

The public remained split in response to Zungula’s controversial statements, with many requesting that he uses his platform to enforce the rules, rather than defend the honour of citizens acting outside of the law, irrespective of their race. Others supported his claims, stating that the SAPS and SANDF has consistently treated black citizens poorly, even prior to the lockdown.

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Sayushka Naidoo
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