On Sunday, July 18, president Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at a lecture on former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
It is an honour to address you this evening as we celebrate the life and legacy of Isithwalandwe/ Seaparankoe Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former ANC president and the first president of democratic South Africa. #MandelaDay https://t.co/DNV0VrVja1
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) July 18, 2021
This comes after the country has been affected by violence, looting and destruction of property in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng over the past week. The latest figures, which were published on Friday states that a total of 212 people have been killed.
Meanwhile, a total of 3 407 people have now been arrested on various charges thanks to tip-offs received via the MySAPS app from communities in both provinces, News24 reports.
According to EWN, Ramaphosa stated that South Africans owed it to the legacy of Madiba to remain steadfast in the face of what he called “a deliberate, co-ordinated and well-planned attack on our democracy. ”
He further mentioned that at a time when the country was under attack, Mandela would have spoken out.
“He would encourage us never to give up or even to despair, and it’s important that we should take that message to be able to guide us along the path of some of the challenges that we face.
“We owe it to the legacy of President Mandela and all our brave forebears who sacrificed so much of our freedom to remain steadfast,” Ramaphosa said.