Every South African has the right to protest, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.
He was speaking at the third Presidential Local Government Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.
His comments come amid unprecedented nationwide protests across the country, calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down. The protests have attracted South Africans from all walks of life, including religious leaders and civil society.
Ramaphosa’s security detail would not allow any more questions to be asked.
However, he said every South African had the right to express themselves.
“We live in a democracy, so people have the right to express themselves, freedom of speech, freedom of action, as long as this happens peacefully,” Ramaphosa added.