'There's no excuse whatsoever for xenophobia' says Ramaphosa

By Chanice Jennike - 06 September 2019Views : 2690


President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for calm following the violence targetting foreigners across the country. 

Ramaphosa pleaded for tolerance following the death of at least ten people, two of whom are foreign nationals.

The president said that "no amount of anger or frustration and grievance" can justify the xenophobic attacks taking place in the country. 

"There can be no excuse for the attacks on the homes and businesses of foreign nationals, just as there can be no excuse whatsoever for xenophobia or any form of intolerance." 

"Equally, there is no justification for the burning and looting on the homes of South Africans."

Ramaphosa's call comes after the ongoing riots in various parts of Johannesburg. 

The looting began in Pretoria and then spread to the Johannesburg CBD on Monday evening. 

On Tuesday, parts of Alexandra came to a standstill with some stores closing its doors due to the unrest. Police fired rubber bullets and used stun grenades in a bid to disperse a crowd in Alexandra. 

Police also confirmed on Tuesday that a woman was shot and killed in Hillbrow.  It is believed the woman was shot twice at close range. 

Another person was shot and killed after he was caught in the crossfire in the area.