South Africa apologises to Nigeria over attacks

Tuesday September 17 2019

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. South Africa has apologised to Nigeria over attacks in which foreigners were targeted. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

MOHAMMED MOMOH
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ABUJA,

South Africa has apologised to Nigeria over attacks in which Nigerians and other foreigners were targeted.

Nigeria repatriated some 187 citizens from South Africa following the violence, and plans to bring home many more.

At the weekend, the South African presidency said President Cyril Ramaphosa would send high-ranking emissaries on a mission to reassure African countries after a wave of xenophobic attacks.

On Monday, South Africa special envoy Jeff Radebe told President Muhammadu Buhari that the attacks on foreigners do not represent South Africa's “value system, nor those of the larger number of South Africans”.

He said South Africa is committed to peace and integration of the continent.

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Mr Radebe said that during the attacks, 10 people – two Zimbabweans and eight South Africans – were killed, but no Nigerian was a casualty.

He added that South Africa remains eternally grateful for the role Nigeria played in ending apartheid, and he hopes that the Nigerian president’s scheduled visit will solidify the relationship between the two countries.

President Buhari said indeed Nigeria made great sacrifices for South Africa to become a free state.

He thanked President Ramaphosa for sending the special envoy to apologise over the attacks.

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