Special envoys deployed to deliver messages of solidarity following xenophobia

By Doug Mattushek - 15 September 2019Views : 632


In the wake of the xenophobic attacks across South Africa, the Presidency is sending special envoys to several nations across the continent.

The Presidency confirmed the move in a statement on Sunday.

"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," read the statement.

"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."

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Speaking at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto, President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke of his recent visit to Zimbabwe for Rober Mugabe funeral service.

"In Zimbabwe, I was booed by the whole stadium," IOL reports him as saying.

"I had to apologise to the people of Zimbabwe for the attacks. I do not want to call it xenophobic attacks. South Africans do not hate people of other nations. We had to offer an apology on behalf of the people of South Africa. We are loved in the continent. We are sought after country.

"I had to apologise because those attacks were a national shame."