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A world in turmoil, 13 June 2020
Opinion piece by Alphose Zingoni
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As if the COVID-19 pandemic was not enough, the world recently witnessed the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year unarmed black man, at the hands of white police officers in the city of Minneapolis in the USA. The event, which happened on 25 May 2020, precipitated widespread protests across major cities in the US and across the world, as people from all walks of life united and marched in condemnation of this act of racism and outright violation of human rights. Here at home, there have been incidences of heavy-handedness by the police and the army in enforcing the regulations of the COVID-19 lockdown. In this contribution, we will only focus on the issues relating to racism. Link to full article here.
A version of this article also appeared in News 24 here.
Alphose Zingoni is Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Director of the Klaus-Jürgen Bathe Leadership Programme at the University of Cape Town.