Why government presser focused on conduct not content of protests

Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo commended South Africans for protesting in a responsible manner following nationwide marches were thousands of South Africans took to the streets to show their discontent with President Jacob Zuma.

Dlodlo was criticised for focusing only on the way people carried themselves in the streets and ignoring the reasons why they are protesting when she held a media briefing on Friday in Pretoria.

She says government is getting a few ministers to speak about the content around the march.

See also: SaveSA to protest outside Parliament on April 18: Sipho Pityana

It wasn't necessarily my place at that time to speak to that but it will be addressed.

Ayanda Dlodlo, Minister of communications

Dlodlo says there were minimal incidents on Friday compared to other protests where infrastructures are vandalised and people were injured.

There were few incidences there but there was no looting and burning of buildings, street vendors were not intimidated ... for me that was something commendable.

Ayanda Dlodlo, Minister of communications

The minister remembered struggle hero Chris Hani who was assassinated on April 10 1992. Speaking to CapeTalk/702's Eusebius Mckaiser, Dlodlo says she was reminded of how Hani supported the suspension of the ANC's armed struggle and Umkhonto we Sizwe.

The anger that some of us felt as MK children, the hurt that we felt with that decision...

Ayanda Dlodlo, Minister of communications

The way we were taught as soldiers of Umkhonto we Sizwe is that the decision of the leadership is something that we need to respect.

Ayanda Dlodlo, Minister of communications

To hear more of this conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why government presser focused on conduct not content of protests


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