Speaking in Sharpeville on Thursday in his Human Rights Day speech, Cyril Ramaphosa said that South Africans will overcome the Eskom crisis just like they overcame apartheid.
“We will overcome this electricity crisis that is engulfing our country at this moment. We will overcome it just as we overcame the apartheid challenge.— Cyril Ramaphosa, President - Republic of South Africa
Just as we will overcome unemployment, just as we will overcome poverty, crime and corruption. We will overcome because we are South Africans.— Cyril Ramaphosa, President - Republic of South Africa
Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a debate between callers concerning the president's stance.
Aubrey, a caller says the president was encouraging South Africans.
Remember how they overcame apartheid? They boycotted certain companies so they don't trade in South Africa because the trading ground was not fair.— Aubrey, Caller
So why can't we boycott by going to the municipalities that are cutting electricity for us and stage a sit-in and demand they make things right.— Aubrey, Caller
Eusebius says the apartheid government was a regime that was evil and a crime against humanity.
We didn't pay for services as a matter of moral justification, so we must pay for Eish-kom, is that what he (Ramaphosa) encouraging us to do? Like you, I was not particularly enchanted by that comparison.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
This mess that is Eish-kom, is the ANC's doing and the apartheid government was out there and us black people suffered and we were fighting against that behemoth. It was a clear enemy, the ANC had nothing to do with the evil of apartheid.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
But in this particular case, when you say we will fight it and overcome it like apartheid, you are asking us to view you similarly as we did the apartheid government.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
Because you are the government of the day and responsible for the hot mess that is Eish-kom.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter
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