Xenophobic violence in South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa dispatch mission for his peers
South Africa is trying to catch up after a wave of xenophobic violence on its territory. President Cyril Ramaphosa dispatched a mission to some countries ,last Saturday ,to reassure his peers of the measures taken by Pretoria to avoid such situations in the future.
The South African authorities are calming their neighbours after the violent xenophobic demonstrations that rocked the country earlier this month. To convince neighboring countries of the security that prevails in his country, Cyril Ramaphosa has invited emissaries to the task. Led by former Minister Jeff Radeba, this delegation of imminent personalities will go to Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.
The mission is clear: to convince these leaders that Pretoria has taken all appropriate measures to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens living in its territory and is committed to respecting the Pan-African ideals of unity and solidarity. The violence killed 12 people according to official figures. Traveling to Harare to attend Robert Mugabe’s funeral, the South African head of state was whistled by people. In response, Jacob Zuma’s successor made a public apology on behalf of his country.