South Africa apologises over xenophobic attacks

By The Citizen
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South African Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Monday in Nairobi, tendered apology to Kenyans, condemning the recent brutal xenophobic attacks that claimed some lives.

Ramaphosa, who was in Kenya to meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta over South Sudan crisis, apologised for the loss of lives.

He addressed thousands of Kenyans during celebrations to mark 52 years of internal self-rule in Nairobi.

The South African Deputy President said his country wanted to demonstrate unity as Africans for the continent to prosper.

'I apologise to Kenyans and the rest of Africa for the unfortunate events that recently took place in South Africa. We are all one united in the love of our continent,' he said.

One Kenyan was killed in South Africa's xenophobic rampage in April.

Hassan Stima, a former casual labourer, was said to have been attacked in his house on April 17 in Johannesburg.

A wave of xenophobic attacks against foreign African nationals hit the cities of Durban and Johannesburg in April.

Foreign nationals were accused of taking away jobs and businesses from natives.

Several African governments, whose citizens were victims of xenophobic attacks, had also threatened to shut down South African-owned business operating in those countries.

Ramaphosa said South Africa would still continue hosting immigrants from foreign countries.

'We are part of Africa, and we will continue to welcome you to South Africa. We want to embrace you and work with you.

'I welcome Kenyans and the rest of Africa to South Africa; we are sorry for the recent xenophobia attacks in our country,'' he said.

Ramaphosa, who has held talks with Kenyatta and also attended celebrations in Nairobi, was expected to travel later to Juba in South Sudan to help solidify a political deal there. XINHUA/NAN