South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent high-ranking envoys to several counterparts in the continent to assure them that their citizens are welcome in his country, despite the wave of xenophobic violence earlier this month. The mission, led by former minister Jeff Radeba, left South Africa on Saturday and is scheduled to make stops in Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. Sunday, September 15 the presidency.Article reserved for our subscribers Read also South Africa in the face of xenophobic and antipoor violence
In particular, the emissaries must confirm to their interlocutors that their country "undertakes to respect the Pan-African ideals of unity and solidarity" and to inform them of the measures taken by Pretoria "to put an end to the attacks and to try their perpetrators" .
At least twelve dead
At the beginning of the month, South Africa was shaken for several days by a wave of riots and looting directed primarily against residents and businesses of foreigners, mainly in its largest city Johannesburg. The violence left at least 12 people dead, most of them South Africans, and caused extensive damage.
On Saturday, Ramaphosa was booed in Zimbabwe at the funeral of former President Robert Mugabe and apologized to Zimbabweans after the riots targeting foreigners. "We are working very hard to encourage our people to welcome the entire population of African countries ," he said. South Africans are not xenophobic. Xenophobic violence is common in South Africa, fueled by rampant unemployment and poverty.