Addressing the nation on Wednesday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the relaxation of lockdown regulations which will come into effect at midnight on Sunday 20 September…
Concluding his speech, the president urged the country to take up the Jerusalema dance challenge.
South Africans had been anxiously awaiting the “family meeting” that would usher in level 1 of the lockdown.
The president acknowledged the challenges of the past six months and looked forward to the upcoming Heritage Day holiday on 24 September.
“I urge everyone to use this public holiday, Heritage Day, as family time to reflect on the difficult journey we have all travelled, to remember those who have lost their lives and to quietly rejoice in the remarkable and diverse heritage of our nation.”
Ramaphosa said: “There can be no better way to celebrate our South Africanness than joining the global phenomenon that is spreading across the world and that is the Jerusalema dance challenge, the Jerusalema song that I love so much.”
He urged South Africans “to take up this challenge on Heritage Day.”
The Jerusalema track by Master KG and Nomcebo has spread across the globe, winning the hearts of people in countries as far as Spain and Italy. The song has been viewed close to 140 million times on YouTube.
The president’s challenge was met with mixed reactions on social media. Some users hoped their employers wouldn’t call them out to do the dance challenge on a weekend. Other felt that the country had been through a crippling economic crisis and that now was not the time to be dancing.
— Mpumelelo (@sibanyoni_mt) September 16, 2020
— Singayisusa Nanini ?ﾟﾇﾦ (@JuriRatau) September 16, 2020
— Reg (@Reg0056) September 16, 2020
— MoeMfokaNyathi (@Moses87Moses) September 16, 2020
Why is Ramaphosa asking people who are poor, unemployed, hungry, landless, hopeless because him & the ANC to dance to Jerusalema on Heritage Day.
— Mr High Morals & Principles ? (@Msihlezin) September 16, 2020