Several South Africans have reacted to the protest action in Sri Lanka when thousands stormed the president’s luxury palace on Saturday. Pictures and videos have been doing the rounds on social media of protesters making themselves comfortable in the president’s home. The protest action was sparked by the tough economic conditions in the country. Reports…
Several South Africans have reacted to the protest action in Sri Lanka when thousands stormed the president’s luxury palace on Saturday.
Pictures and videos have been doing the rounds on social media of protesters making themselves comfortable in the president’s home.
The protest action was sparked by the tough economic conditions in the country.
Reports have also suggested that Sri Lanka has defaulted on its foreign debts.
Other challenges faced by citizens include long power cuts, higher prices and a scarcity of essential items such as food and medicine.
Similar conditions in SA
South Africans have also been enduring similar economic conditions.
Just this year alone, the cost of living has skyrocketed to levels never seen before.
Fuel increases in the country have forced many to dig even deeper into their pockets.
As if that is not enough, the power outages as a result of load shedding, have also been a nightmare for many.
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Several citizens have already started expressing their dissatisfaction with the living conditions through different forms of protests. Last week, residents of Mpumalanga and parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) embarked on so-called “total shutdowns”.
Protests are common in South Africa, especially where poor service delivery or the lack thereof is concerned.
Some on social media, already started imagining the Sri Lankan situation happening in South Africa.
One of those, was Carl Niehaus, former spokesperson of the MK Veterans.
In a video shared on Twitter, Niehaus said the economic crisis in Sri Lanka was similar to what’s happening in South Africa.
Another person who reacted to the happenings in Sri Lanka, was the daughter of former president Jacob Zuma, Dudu Zuma-Sambudla.
She retweeted a picture of the Sri Lankan protestors who stormed the house of the president, sitting comfortably while watching the news on TV regarding their protest action.
South Africans react
Other South Africans also weighed in on the situation in Sri Lanka. Here are some of their reactions:
Sri Lanka started it, South Africa should perfect it. ????— Mhlongo da Herbalist ☘ (@Qokani) July 10, 2022
This is the revolution in Sri LankaIt’s coming here in South AfricaWe’ll remove Ramaphosa and arrest him together with Batohi and the judges pic.twitter.com/1EBY0KlOb3— Ankole Judiciary Thugs (@BlackEx74328444) July 9, 2022
Riots in Sri Lanka and Mozambique over fuel and food prices.Why is South Africa so patient?— Roman Cabanac (@RomanCabanac) July 4, 2022
The way cost of living is so high in South Africa ???????? Unemployment Corruption Poverty expensive electricity, petrolEtc…I pray our leaders hear our cry and change coz one day what’s happening in Sri Lanka ???????? will happen at union building ????????????????People will get fed up.????????— Dj Parsons SA (@djparsons_sa) July 9, 2022