Xenophobia: Ramaphosa sends Envoy to Nigeria, Zambia, others


South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has sent a presidential delegation to President Muhammadu Buhari and heads of six other African countries to deliver messages of solidarity over the xenophobic attacks in his country.

A statement on the verified twitter page of the Presidency of South Africa, @PresidencyZA, on Sunday said the team, comprising Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Khulu Mbatha, would also visit Niger Republic, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, also confirmed this in a statement released on Sunday.

He said, “A team of special envoys appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa began their assignment yesterday, September 14, 2019, and departed South Africa to deliver messages of solidarity to several heads of state and government across Africa.

“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 statement noted that the envoys had begun their assignment on Saturday and had departed South Africa to deliver the messages.

Many Africans, including Nigerians living in South Africa, had come under xenophobic attacks, which left 12 persons reportedly killed with dozens of businesses with foreign interests destroyed.

The latest step by the South African President on the xenophobic attacks in his country came barely one day after he was booed in Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, when he was giving a speech at the funeral of the former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.

It is also coming days after the Nigerian government ordered the voluntary repatriation of its citizens in South Africa, with the first batch of 187 people evacuated on Wednesday.

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