In his weekly letter to South Africans on Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa congratulated himself and his countrymen, adding that he was glad that “for the first time in over two years, the country does not have any COVID restrictions in place.”
“In my first televised address to the nation on 15 March 2020, I said that we would overcome the deadly pandemic in our midst. I said that we would act decisively and that we would act together,” he wrote. “In the many difficult months that followed, my faith in the resilience and strength of the people of South Africa, and their ability to come together in times of crisis was reaffirmed, time and again. While there was not much fanfare about the lifting of the last COVID-19 restrictions, there has been a tectonic shift in our national psyche. We are emerging from a great national trauma that caused untold damage, destruction and heartbreak.”
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