Fellow South Africans, Cyril’s speech was a pack of insulting ...

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Fellow South Africans, Cyril’s speech was a pack of insulting lies

Instead of admitting he has failed us on the vaccine roll-out and on many other things, he blames us

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech at Sunday’s family meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic was a lesson in dishonesty. If he’d been given a truth serum before he’d started it, this is what he would have said:

Fellow South Africans.

It has been some time since we last held a family meeting because, quite frankly, I have been scared stiff about coming before you as we, your government, lost complete control of the pandemic. The experts are right, we have one of the lowest vaccine rollouts in the world, with the result that fellow citizens are even running to Namibia and Zimbabwe to get their shots before coming back home. Do you realise how embarrassing that is to us as government? The most powerful military on the continent, the smartest scientists south of the Limpopo, the world’s best rugby team and we can’t even put a bloody jab in your arm?..

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