Xenophobic Attacks: South Africa’s President Ramaphosa sends emissaries to Buhari, other leaders

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is scheduled to dispatch special envoys to President Muhammadu Buhari and several African leaders in the aftermath of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.

It was gathered that the special envoys would deliver messages of solidarity to several heads of state and governments across Africa amid tensions and violence in the country.

This was contained in a statement issued by a spokeman for the South African government, Khusela Diko on Sunday, September 15.

The statement reads, “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 statement added that 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 team of special envoys includes Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo, and Dr Khulu Mbatha, who are expected to visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

Xenophobic attacks broke out in recent weeks in South Africa after a taxi driver was killed by an alleged drug dealer in Pretoria.

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa was jeered at the funeral of the late Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, on Saturday.

He apologised for the attacks in his country.

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