President Cyril Ramaphosa says as countries around the globe battled the coronavirus pandemic, South Africa faced two pandemics – both COVID-19 and the scourge of Gender-based Violence.
South Africa records the highest number of infections and COVID19-related deaths on the African continent.
In his New Year message to the nation, Ramaphosa says the solidarity and strength of South Africans shone a light on a very dark time.
He also thanked all healthcare and essential workers, as well as those who endeavoured on various charity initiatives, for their service of duty to the nation.
“In the face of both these pandemics, South Africans have remained resolute, determined to overcome the virus and determined to end Gender-based Violence., I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to every South African for the courage and the perseverance with which you have confronted this crisis. I want to thank the health and social services workers for taking care of people who are ill hungry or lonely.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s New Year 2020/2021 Message:
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