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South African president calls for ‘turning point’ in addressing racism

Ramaphosa said human dignity is a universal aspiration and respect for it is "the only guarantee of any nation's prosperity".

By: AP | Johanessburg | Updated: June 6, 2020 8:10:25 am
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Cyril Ramaphosa gupta brothers meeting affidavits public, Cyril Ramaphosa, gupta brothers, world news Ramaphosa expressed his “deepest regret” at the death of nearly a dozen South Africans allegedly at the hands of security forces during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown.(Reuters/File)

South Africa’s president on Friday noted the “naked racism in the United States” and said he firmly believes that “this is a moment we should regard as a turning point with regard to tackling racism around the world”.

President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke as the ruling African National Congress launched a Black Friday event in response to the “heinous murder” of George Floyd and “institutionalised racism” in the US, at home and “wherever it rears its ugly head”.

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Ramaphosa said human dignity is a universal aspiration and respect for it is “the only guarantee of any nation’s prosperity”.

He pointed out South Africa’s enduring racial inequality a quarter-century after the end of the racist system of apartheid, and he expressed his “deepest regret” at the death of nearly a dozen South Africans allegedly at the hands of security forces during the country’s COVID-19 lockdown.

While he said the deaths “do not have the obvious racial dimensions of the murder of George Floyd, they do rely on a similar contempt for the intrinsic human worth of the victim” and must be condemned “just as vehemently”. The cases are under investigation.

 

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