South African actress Charlize Theron shared a message of hope with South Africans on her Twitter page and said that she was heartened to see glimmers of hope as communities come together.
Many people died in the violence and looting that started after South Africa’s former president, Jacob Zuma, surrendered to serve his prison sentence. The death toll reached 72, with 10 people crushed to death in a stampede during the looting of a shopping mall in Soweto.
Police announced that more than 1,200 people have been arrested since the protests began on Friday. President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the most serious wave of violence has been experienced since the 1990s when the Apartheid regime ended.
Charlize Theron took to Twitter on Thursday evening, the talented actress expressed how heartbroken she was over the fact that South Africa is going through so much at this time.
Theron also talked about some of the problems the country is facing, such as corruption, unemployment, health. She also addressed the people who came together to help communities affected by various looting and rioting events and wrote that she was glad to see the glimmer of hope.
Here’s what Charlize Theron stated:
“My thoughts & love are with the people of South Africa. This is such a painful time for our nation, w/ so many unable to access safety, employment, education, food, healthcare & vaccines. But I’m heartened to see glimmers of hope as communities come together & support each other.
Our country is extraordinary in so many ways – diverse, resourceful, proud, accomplished, and so incredibly strong. May we come out of this intensely challenging time to find peace and safety.”
Check out the Twitter post below.
Our country is extraordinary in so many ways – diverse, resourceful, proud, accomplished, and so incredibly strong. May we come out of this intensely challenging time to find peace and safety.
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) July 15, 2021