The President of South Africa has wished all citizens to have a reflective National Human Rights and to take extra care as the battle with COVID-19 continues.
“We observe Human Rights Day at an extraordinary time for our country and the world, as we battle to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19.”
“The threat posed by this formidable adversary has compelled us to take unprecedented steps to protect the most fundamental human right of all, and that is the right to life,” said President Ramaphosa.
The President has said that this day is used for the remembrance of what happened in Sharpeville and Langa in March 1960. Police took it upon themselves to open fire on a crowd of peaceful protestors and killing sixty-nine and injuring over 180.
The country is saddened as they cannot celebrate the national day using the South African spirit and all getting together, the realism of the COVID-19 virus lingers in people’s minds. The President has prevented gatherings of more than 100 people, however, that being said people are preferring to stay safe and indoors at this time.
“The right to life, to health and to economic activity is under threat from a virus that has necessitated that we dramatically alter our behavior as a nation. It further demands us to look at ourselves and the world around us in ways we have not imagined,” said the President.