South Africa’s relations with African countries remain strong despite xenophobic violence

Cyril Ramaphosa
Cyril Ramaphosa

Relations between South Africa and other African countries remain strong despite recent xenophobic violence in the country, the Presidency said on Monday.

This conclusion was drawn from a preliminary report from a team of special envoys dispatched by President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver messages of solidarity to a number of African countries following a spate of xenophobic violence in South Africa earlier this month, the Presidency said in a statement.

The envoys visited a number of West African states from September 14 to deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding incidents of violence that had claimed the lives of at least 12 people – both foreigners and South Africans – in some parts of South Africa earlier this month.

Ramaphosa has expressed his sincere appreciation for the generosity of spirit with which heads of state and government in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Niger received the presidential envoys, presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said.

The heads of state have welcomed the apology expressed by Ramaphosa and pledged that the relationship between their countries and South Africa would be solidified, while describing the attacks as very unfortunate, according to Diko.

Leaders of the countries visited welcomed the South African delegation, and expressed appreciation to Ramaphosa for taking time to explain the situation in South Africa, Diko said.

Ramaphosa believes that this positive reception provides a basis for building closer relations and addressing the situation in South Africa, said Diko.

A number of the countries agreed on the need to adopt a common approach to deal with criminality irrespective of the national origins of the perpetrators, Diko said.

“In this regard, it is necessary, across the continent, for law-enforcement agencies, including intelligence agencies, to work together to deal with these challenges,” said Diko.

South Africa further reaffirms its commitment, shared by other African countries, to fostering peace and greater continental unity, and to helping build a prosperous and peaceful continent, Diko said. Enditem

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