Xenophobia: Ramaphosa dispatches envoys to Nigeria, Tanzania, 5 other African nations

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa dispatched three officials to seven African nations to discuss how the government is addressing a recent spate of xenophobic attacks in his country.

Former minister Jeff Radebe, Mr Kingsley Mmabolo and Mr Khulu Mbatha, a veteran leader of the ruling African National Congress, will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, according to a statement emailed by the presidency on Sunday.

“The special envoys will brief governments in the identified African countries about steps that the South African government is taking to bring a stop to the attacks and to hold the perpetrators to account,” it said.

Clashes erupted in South Africa after a taxi driver was shot dead Aug. 27, allegedly by a suspected Nigerian drug dealer, in the capital, Pretoria. Scores of foreign-owned shops were looted and torched in the ensuing violence. The attacks spread to Johannesburg, leaving at least 12 people dead and more than 50 shops and several vehicles destroyed.

 

Bloomberg

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