Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned pro-Jacob Zuma protesters in KwaZulu Natal that they face imminent arrest if violent protests continue to be staged.
Speaking during a national address on the covid-19 situation in South Africa, Ramaphosa said efforts to contain the spread of the virus are constantly being put in place but citizens violating lockdown regulations are jeopardising the process.
“Our Constitution guarantees everyone’s right to freely express themselves and to engage in peaceful protest,” he said.
“While there are those who may be hurt and angry at this moment, there can never be any justification for such violent, destructive and disruptive actions.
“It is a matter of concern to all South Africans that some of these acts of violence are based on ethnic mobilisation.
“This must be condemned by all South Africans at all costs as we are a nation committed to non-racialism and non-tribalism that is underpinned by the diversity and unity of all the people of South Africa, whatever their language, culture, religious beliefs and race.
“Our commitment to our democratic Constitution is based on the fundamental principle that all people are equal before the law, and that all people have the right to equal protection before the law.
“The rule of law safeguards against the abuse of power. The rule of law protects the poor and the vulnerable,” said President Ramaphosa.
South Africa has been plunged into chaos following the recent arrest of former President Jacob Zuma on charges of court contempt.
A number of Zuma supporters have been staging violent protests in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng to express their disgruntlement over the handling of the court case to have the Nkadla godfather jailed.