The ANC has encouraged South Africans to wear black clothing every Friday for the next three weeks to create awareness of all forms of racial discrimination.
Jessie Duarte, deputy secretary general of the party, said on Thursday. Cyril Ramaphosa will launch the ruling party’s campaign against racism on Friday and South Africans are encouraged to become “partners” of the campaign by wearing black.
The Alliance kicks off at 7 pm on Friday when Ramaphosa, as president of the ANC as well as other Alliance leaders, will open the campaign in solidarity with the people of America.
“This will be the beginning of our Black Fridays where we will all wear black clothes on this day of the week,” Duarte said.
She also said the campaign of the party and its alliance partners, Cosatu and the SACP, came to the attention of police after the death of George Floyd last month in America.
This led to large-scale protests in America against racism and the police killing black Americans.
Duarte also gave her support to Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, who recently went through a social media user who portrayed her as a monkey.
“As a community we cannot tolerate such things and everything possible must be done to attract the people who did it.”
ANC secretary general Ace Magashule used the opportunity to talk about the state of containment in South Africa.
He says it is “not true” that most South Africans are against the restrictions. His reaction comes after the DA indicated last month in its own research that up to 89% of South Africans want the restrictions lifted.
“It is not true that millions of South Africans are not bothered by the restriction. There are millions still living at home, which are still limited. There are millions of people who know this disease kills and we want to emphasize that we as South Africans must walk the road together. ”
Solly Mapaila, deputy secretary general of the SACP, referred to the Covid-19 allowance of R350 per month, which will be paid in the next six months to people who are not currently working and also not receiving other allowances.
He said the alliance had suggested to the government that a similar allowance for the unemployed should be considered.