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Opinion: Xolani Gwala agrees Black lives don't matter in South Africa

6 February 2017 9:29 AM
Xolani Gwala says government and civil society should have done more in response to the 94 deaths of Life Esidimeni patients.

702 Breakfast host, Xolani Gwala, says President Jacob should have done more than send out a statement and condolences message to families of 94 psychiatric patients who died after being recklessly and negligently transferred by government to unlicensed organisations.

He says he agrees with political analyst and columnist, Justice Malala, that government and civil society silence on the deaths shows that black lives still don't matter.

Elsewhere, you would have heard the President addressing the nation because 94 poor vulnerable people died unnecessary. You would have heard other Cabinet Ministers talking about this issue.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

We are not seeing civil society marching and people talking about this issue.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

We seem to have adapted or adopted this attitude that says, 'well, you are poor, your are out there, you are on your own'. I agree with Justice Malala, we need to hear more where this issue is concerned.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast host

Listen to Xolani Gwala's full comment below...


6 February 2017 9:29 AM