A special envoy of South Africa, Jeff Radebe has expressed deep regret to Nigeria on behalf of SA President over a series of xenophobic violence which mounted strains between two African countries. The mob attack on foreign-owned businesses left at least twelve people dead.
Jeff Radebe expressed his country’s sincerest regrets in a meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at Abuja. He also assured the Nigerians that South African police will make every possible effort to penalize the culprits. Mr. Radebe further reported President Buhari that his administration is taking decisive action to stop and condemn such violence.
Nigerian President expressed thankfulness on Mr. Radebe arrival for the explanation regarding killing and movement of foreigners. Earlier, SA President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he felt humiliated and ashamed by recent xenophobic violence. Though no Nigerian is among those killed in the attacks but their businesses remain a target of mob attack.
10 of the dead belong to South Africa while two were Zimbabwe nationals. Nigeria has strongly condemned the violence and stopped its delegation from participating in a major international conference at South Africa. Lorry drivers strike against low job opportunities for foreigners triggered mob violence. Migrants from all across continent attracted towards SA as it has developed and strong economies.
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