President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo by Elmond Jiang / GCIS
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to reject the crime and report it.
- In his message for Heritage Day, Ramaphos mourned government officials involved in corruption.
- He also reflected on the public violence that has engulfed KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
Crime is not part of South Africa’s heritage, and corruption, especially by civil servants in charge of the country’s well-being, should be discarded.
It was a message from President Cyril Ramaphosa celebrating Heritage Day on Friday.
In his message, Ramaphos reflected on the public violence that devastated KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July and spoke out against corruption.
The unrest was sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of court.
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Zuma has since been released on parole after spending just two months in prison for two months.
We have seen people destroy the very country we are trying to build. After the violence, we had to ask ourselves: who are we as human beings? What determines our national character? What defines our identity? What do we stand for?
He urged South Africans to think about these important issues.
“As South Africans, we respect others and their rights and believe in the Constitution as the supreme law of the country.”
Ramaphosa urged South Africans to reject shameful behavior.
“We are not involved in crimes, and we report those who are. We are not involved in acts of corruption, especially as civil servants or representatives who are entrusted with the well-being of the citizens of our beloved country.”
In August, former Health Minister Dr. Zveli Mhize resigned when he was involved in corruption by the Special Investigation Unit (RSU).
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SIU claimed that Mkhize and his family benefited from 4 million rubles from the illegal Digital Vibes contract.
Ramaphosa also touched on the scourge of racism, adding that one of our nation’s greatest tasks was to heal the differences of the past.
“We will never be truly a single nation until we overcome the poverty, inequality, underdevelopment and unemployment that are still so prevalent in our communities. We can only do this if we work together.”