Ramaphosa deploys special envoy to make amends with African countries

Clay Curtis
September 19, 2019

Xenophobic attacks broke out in recent weeks in South Africa after a taxi driver was killed by an alleged drug dealer in Pretoria. "A supermarket owned by an Ethiopian beside my apartment was looted and destroyed".

His government, he added, was working "very hard" to encourage the "people in South Africa to embrace people from all African countries".

Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF on Sunday applauded South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for denouncing xenophobic attacks by South Africans on fellow Africans in his country.

"We firmly stand behind the women of our country and firmly support the efforts that we all need to take to end this type of violence and also to create a society in which women enjoy safety, dignity and respect".

Runsewe, also appreciated Onyema for being culturally sensitive to the cries of Nigerians who wished to return back to Nigeria aftermath of the xenophobic attacks on them in South Africa.

He said many lost their means of livelihood to massive looting, while others were intimidated to leave South Africa. I have been in South Africa for five years now.

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will not attend the UN General Assembly meeting in NY later this month.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent a special envoy of South African government officials to different countries in Africa to initiate peace talks and apologise for the recent acts of xenophobia we have seen in September.

Receiving South Africa's Special Envoy, Mr Jeff Radebe, on Monday at the Presidential Villa, the Nigerian leader extended appreciation to Ramaphosa "for coming to explain to us what happened in South Africa recently, leading to killing and displacement of foreigners".

"This includes South African nationals".

Mr Buthelezi had publicly condemned the attacks and was last week booed off the stage at a rally in Johannesburg to discourage South African youth from xenophobia.

Making clear the deployment of troops against the civilian population is part of the overall drive to crush social opposition, the deployment follows July's commitment of SANDF forces to the streets of Capetown with a declared mission of "combating crime".

According to President Buhari, "Going back to historical antecedents, we made great sacrifices for South Africa to become a free state. We should work towards the development of South Africa". It only takes a minute.

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