Xenophobia: South Africa envoy begs Nigeria, others for pardon

Xenophobia: South Africa envoy begs Nigeria, others for pardon

South African Government on Monday asked the foreign nationals, including Nigerians who were recently attacked in that Country for pardon. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy to Nigeria, Mr Jeff Radebe, conveyed the apology when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday. Peaking to State House Correspondents after the closed-door

South African Government on Monday asked the foreign nationals, including Nigerians who were recently attacked in that Country for pardon.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Special Envoy to Nigeria, Mr Jeff Radebe, conveyed the apology when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.

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Peaking to State House Correspondents after the closed-door meeting with the Nigerian leader, Radebe said President Ramaphosa had already directed the law enforcement agencies to apprehend all those involved in the attacks.

Radebe, who is South Africa’s Minister of Energy, said over 50 suspects had so far been apprehended in connection with the xenophobic violence which erupted in some parts of South Africa, NAN reports.

“We met a short while ago with President Muhammadu Buhari to convey our President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa.

“Those incidents do not represent what we stand for as constitutional democracy in South Africa and the President has apologized for these incidents and he has also instructed law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned so that all those involved must be brought to book so that the rule of laws must prevail in South Africa,’’ he said.

President Ramaphosa, according to the envoy, said Nigeria and South Africa must continue to play a critical role in rebuilding of Africa to attain the Agenda 2063.

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President Buhari had in the wake of the xenophobic attacks by South Africans against foreigners including Nigerians, sent Amb. Ahmed Abubakar, Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), as his Special Envoy to South Africa.

The President, who received the Report of the NIA boss on Sept. 9, ordered for the immediate evacuation of all Nigerians who are willing to return home from South Africa following the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

NAN reports that the Management of Air Peace in collaboration with the Federal Government had on Sept. 11 evacuated 187 Nigerians from South Africa while another set of 320 Nigerians would be evacuated from that country on Tuesday.

Recall that President Ramaphosa was on Saturday at the funeral of the former Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe, prompting him to tow the path of reconciliation.

The envoy was silent on demands for compensation for migrants who lost their means and livelihoods to the attacks.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a Presidential Youth Dialogue, a meeting with young people organised by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) on June 19, 2019, at the South African Parliament, in Cape Town. (Photo by RODGER BOSCH / AFP)
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