On the home front, the ANC called for calm in the US, urging President Cyril Ramaphosa to "engage with the US government" through diplomatic channels to "diffuse racial tensions and build social cohesion among the different races".
This is rich coming from the ANC in light of the murder of Khosa by members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) during the nationwide lockdown.
The 40-year-old Alexandra resident died on April 10 following a brutal beating at the hands of members of the SANDF and JMPD. This was after he was accused of having had a half-full glass of beer in his yard which, according to the soldiers, was in violation of lockdown regulations.
According to a witness affidavit, four officers assaulted Khosa by pouring beer on his head, choking him, banging his head against a cement wall, hitting him with the butt of a machine gun, kicking, slapping and punching him in the face, stomach and ribs and finally slamming him against the steel gate.
Almost two months after Khosa's death the SANDF board found that the soldiers accused of killing Khosa could not be held liable for his death. The report was basically a whitewash.
Contrasted to the reactions to Floyd's murder, Khosa's death elicited a muted response, with Khosa's family almost left to their own devices in their quest for justice. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula only managed to mumble an apology, stating that "we hang our heads in shame".