South Africa’s President Ramaphosa condemns ‘anti-foreigner violence’

September 3, 2019
123 Views

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned a wave of looting and violence that has mostly targeted foreign nationals.

“There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries,” he said on Tuesday.

Dozens of people were arrested in Johannesburg on Monday after rioters looted shops and torched vehicles.

Other African governments have issued warnings to their citizens over the violence.

Attacks on businesses run by “foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa,” Mr Ramaphosa said in a video posted to Twitter.

“I want it to stop immediately,” he added.

Separately, the African Union (AU) issued a statement condemning the “despicable acts” of violence “in the strongest terms”.

Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to quell the unrest on Monday. The surge in violence also saw mobs target lorries that were driven by foreign nationals.

Violence continued on Tuesday in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township.

What has the reaction been?

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sent an envoy to South Africa on Tuesday to “express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens”.

In a statement, the country’s high commission in South Africa described the situation as “anarchy”. The government alleges that Nigerian-owned businesses were targeted in Johannesburg and it has called on Nigerians to come forward to report what has happened to them.

Ethiopia’s embassy in South Africa has advised its citizens to close their businesses during the ongoing tension, according to Ethiopia’s state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC).

It also says that Ethiopians are advised to “distance themselves from any confrontation and conflict” and not go out wearing expensive jewellery.

Policeman confronting a woman
In some places, police have confronted those trying to loot

Meanwhile, Zambia’s transport ministry has said that lorry drivers should “avoid travelling to South Africa until the security situation improves”.

The statement refers to reported attacks on foreign lorry drivers. The South African IOL news site says that there have been “numerous incidents” of vehicles being looted.

But South Africa’s police minister, Bheki Cele, said on Monday that “criminality rather than xenophobia” was to blame for the “senseless violence”.

“[Xenophobia] is used as an excuse,” he told reporters after visiting Johannesburg’s Central Business District, where much of the unrest has been taking place. “Nothing… has sparked any form of conflict between the South Africans and foreign nationals.”

You may be interested

Wike, Amaechi bicker over cause of insecurity in Rivers
News
2 views
News
2 views

Wike, Amaechi bicker over cause of insecurity in Rivers

Webby - May 17, 2021

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has countered transport minister Rotimi Amaechi’s claim linking insecurity in Rivers to unemployment.Amaechi had made…

Okowa promises to name Delta next gov in June
News
News

Okowa promises to name Delta next gov in June

Webby - May 16, 2021

THE Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has said in the next one month, the process of picking a successor that…

Buhari arrives in Paris for African Finance Summit
News
1 views
News
1 views

Buhari arrives in Paris for African Finance Summit

Webby - May 16, 2021

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has arrived in Paris, France for the African Finance Summit. The president had…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.