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Xenophobia: South Africa Issues Statement After Their President Was Booed


The South African government are now begging Zimbabweans to forgive them
over the recent xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in their
country, Igbere TV reports.

This comes barely 24 hours after the
country’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, was booed by a crowd of Zimbabwe
mourners at the funeral service of Robert Mugabe over the attacks.

“I
stand before you as a fellow African to express my regret and apologise
for what has happened in our country,” Ramaphosa had said while
apologizing for the development in his condolence speech at the Zimbabwe
National Sports Stadium.

In a show of remorse for the attacks in
their country and resultant reprisals, South Africans have staged a
peace walk and asked for forgiveness from other African nations.

Photos
and footage in circulation on social media, obtained by Igbere TV, show
thousands of South Africans marching in parts of the country to call
for an end to attacks on foreign nationals.

The march is coming
after hundreds of foreign nationals – including Nigerians and
Zimbabweans – were forced to leave the country over the recent
xenophobic attacks.

Meanwhile, following the humiliation he
suffered at the hands of Zimbabweans during Mugabe’s funeral on
Satruday, Ramaphosa has now taken steps to address the negative image
the citizens of other countries currently have about South Africa.

A
statement published on the official website of South Africa’s
presidency on Sunday said Ramaphosa has appointed a special envoy to
heads of African governments to convey his regret concerning the widely
condemned attacks.

The statement obtained by Igbere TV, read;

“A
team of Special Envoys appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa have
begun their assignment yesterday, 14 September 2019, and departed South
Africa to deliver messages of solidarity to several Heads of State and
Government across Africa,” the statement said.

“The team,
comprising of Mr Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr. Khulu
Mbatha, will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the
Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

“The Special Envoys
will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents
of violence that recently erupted in some parts South Africa, which have
manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property.

“The
Special Envoys are tasked with reassuring fellow African countries that
South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and
solidarity. The Special Envoys will also reaffirm South Africa’s
commitment to the rule of law.

“The Special Envoys will brief
governments in the identified African countries about the steps that the
South African government is taking to bring a stop to the attacks and
to hold the perpetrators to account.”

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Last Updated: September 16, 2019

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