South Africa President warns criminals taking advantage of COVID-19 lockdown

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has issued staunch warning against people utilizing the coronavirus lockdown period to speed up the criminal activities ranging from destruction of public properties to gender-based violence. He said strict measures per the law will be taken against the offenders.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “It is despicable that criminals use this period as a cover to break the law, at a time when our law-enforcement authorities are occupied with supporting the national effort to contain the pandemic”.

He added, “It is a great indictment of our society that dozens of schools have been burgled, trashed or burnt to the ground”, depriving thousands of children of their right to education once the coronavirus lockdown is over.

“That public property is being vandalised, while the entire country is experiencing hardship because of the lock-down, is a demonstration of utter disrespect and disregard for the majority of South Africans. It is disturbing that during a time of such immense difficulty for our country, women and girls are being terrorised inside their own homes, forcing them to make desperate calls for help,” Ramaphosa said.

South Africa has extended the lockdown that started on March 26 to end in the month of April.

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