Ramaphosa: South Africans don’t commit crime
President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africans aren't involved with crime or corruption. Uhm, that's a bit of an awkward claim to make, Mr President...
Well, we’re not too sure about this one. And we doubt you’ll be too if you’ve ever dealt with your fair share of crime.
While delivering his heritage day message to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa made some rather eyebrow-raising comments. One of the standouts? That we South African’s aren’t that big on committing crime.
Ramaphosa’s Heritage Day message: South Africans reject crime and corruption
First, he praised our diversity as a nation. Then the president went on to ask a very important question. In the aftermath of the violence, looting, and unrest seen in KZN and Gauteng in July: Who are we really as people?
And According to the convenor of all our Family Meetings, despite our issues and rather shocking crime stats, we’re pretty great people.
Maybe even a bit greater than we actually are?
Ramaphosa on Heritage Day: Unity in our diversity
But it wasn’t all head-scratching moments from Ramaphosa though.
The president took the time to celebrate a major milestone with the publication of the first-ever Afrikaaps dictionary.
Afrikaaps as a language is synonymous with Cape Town. And draws on the languages of the Khoi and San, Dutch, Portuguese, English and Arabic.
Ramaphosa says that the historic dictionary will not only contribute to our heritage, but is also a beacon of pride for the many residents of Cape Town who speak Afrikaaps.
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You can check out Ramaphosa and the rest of Government’s Heritage Day celebration event below.