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Hong Kong

Hong Kong leader pulls extradition bill, but it is too too late – see full article here ;

South Africa

Crowd boos as Ramaphosa cuts WEF (World Economic Forum) short to address protesters – see full article here.

Amy-Leigh’s kidnappers dropped ransom demand to R6,000 – from R2m – see full article here

Probe ordered into how Uyinene Mrwetyana’s killer allowed to work at Post Office – see full article here

Ramaphosa to address SA on harsher penalties for gender-based violence – see full article here

In the meantime – This is from a South African woman:

Today I witnessed first hand the crisis in Johannesburg/Pretoria. Today I realized first hand that as a South African we are no longer safe in our own country. 

I’v been trying to decide if I should post anything because I’m not one to post about life or politics on Facebook but today was just something else. 

I had to drop my dad off by his office this morning and on our way there we noticed how almost every shop was closed. We noticed how quiet Johannesburg was (this was only because everyone was so scared). On our way there my dad gave me a speech about “drop me and go” “drive as fast as you can and just get onto the highway and get home”. As I drove out his office I witnessed South Africans brutally killing a foreigner. I witnessed police and security companies shooting and hitting people to try and disperse them. I witnessed South Africans destroying and looting a shop that we all buy from almost everyday. I witnessed how they tortured the shop owner. 

As a women driving in the car alone I put my foot down the moment I got a gap and drove as fast as I could to get away from the shooting and violence. 

A few minutes later my dad called me to tell me that I had left just in time because he was locked in his office hiding away from the bullets and violence that was going on outside. 

My dad wouldn’t let me leave the house today because of the attacks happening all around Johannesburg.

I’m sorry but no matter if you are black, white, South African or a foreigner there is absolutely no reason for us as humans to carry on this way. We are all one! It is sickening what is happening. 

Tonight I get to sleep next to my family but those people that were brutally murdered will never have that opportunity again and why? Just because they are from a different country? Just because they look and sound different? Just because they found the opportunity and made a better life for themselves in our home? 

My heart is bleeding for all those that have lost homes, businesses, cars and family members in all the violence. My heart goes out to everyone during these truly difficult times!


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