“I think that you are absolutely right that as a society we are not doing enough to respond to that. For example the ANC has raised this matter very consistently with government in all our engagements about Covid-19 in the official meetings to say that the security forces are there to serve and protect and that they need to act within the confines of the constitution,” Potgieter-Gqubule said.
“I think that it was a timing issue. We, for example, supported the statement by the minister of defence at the time, that she deeply regrets what happened. But as I said, I think that these things are ongoing and we tend to make statements and do the usual around these things when there’s something that sparks a more general outcry.”
The tripartite alliance said they were pledging solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the U.S because the black people there had supported South Africa during the fight against apartheid.
“South Africa is standing up to be counted. The USA, and its African-American community in particular, has played a critical role against our own struggle against the institutionalised racism of apartheid. Today, we must as a nation add our voices in solidarity to their call: That Black Lives Matter,” Duarte said.
She said that the “demon of racism” had also played itself out in the country when cooperative affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was depicted as a baboon recently in a matter that the party had reported to the SA human rights commission.
“The alliance also notes that the demon of racism remains a blight on the soul of our nation. It reflects itself in institutionalised racism in apartheid geography, in the economy and in social spheres.
“It also finds expression in the kind of blatant racism and misogyny in social media, that we’ve seen against cde Dlamini Zuma. As a society, this must not be tolerated, and we will and must use the institutions set up to bring the perpetrators to book,” Duarte said.