South Africa’s President Ramaphosa condemns anti-foreigner violence

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South Africa’s President Ramaphosa condemns anti-foreigner violence

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned a wave of looting and violence that has mostly targeted foreign nationals

There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries, » he said on Tuesday

Dozens of people were arrested in Johannesburg on Monday after rioters looted shops and torched vehicles

Other African governments have issued warnings to their citizens over the violence

Attacks on businesses run by « foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa, » Mr Ramaphosa said in a video posted to Twitter

I want it to stop immediately,he added

Separately, the African Union (AU) issued a statement condemning the « despicable acts » of violence in the strongest terms

Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to quell the unrest on Monday. The surge in violence also saw mobs target lorries that were being driven by foreign nationals

Violence continued on Tuesday in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township

? has the reaction been

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari sent an envoy to South Africa on Tuesday to express Nigeria’s displeasure over the treatment of her citizens

In a statement, the country’s high commission in South Africa described the situation as « anarchy ». The government alleges that Nigerian-owned businesses were targeted in Johannesburg and it has called on Nigerians to come forward to report what has happened to them

Ethiopia’s embassy in South Africa has advised its citizens to close their businesses during the ongoing tension, according to Ethiopia’s state-linked Fana Broadcasting Corporate FBC

It also says that Ethiopians are advised to « distance themselves from any confrontation and conflict » and not go out wearing expensive jewellery

Policeman confronting a woman
Image captionIn some places, police have confronted those trying to loot

Meanwhile, Zambia’s transport ministry has said that lorry drivers should avoid travelling to South Africa until the security situation improves

The statement refers to reported attacks on foreign lorry drivers. The South African IOL news site says that there have been « numerous incidents » of vehicles being looted

But South Africa’s police minister, Bheki Cele, said on Monday that « criminality rather than xenophobia » was to blame for the senseless violence

Xenophobiais used as an excuse, » he told reporters after visiting Johannesburg’s Central Business District, where much of the unrest has been taking place. Nothing… has sparked any form of conflict between the South Africans and foreign nationals

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