South Africa President condemns xenophobic attacks

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the wave of xenophobic attacks by South Africans against foreign nationals, especially Nigerians across the country.

The attacks, he said, unjustifiable and condemnable.

Ramaphosa also promised to summon a security meeting with ministers on Tuesday to discuss ways of halting the attacks.

The President, in a post on his verified Twitter handle, said: “ I condemn the violence that has been spreading around a number of our provinces in the strongest terms.

“I’m convening the ministers in the security cluster today to make sure that we keep a close eye on these acts of wanton violence and find ways of stopping them.

“The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way.

“There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.”

He added: “The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way. There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.

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“We express our deep pain, support, solidarity, and love to the families, friends and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives in the last month (Uyinene Mrwetyana, Leighandre Jegels, Nolunde Vumsindo, Meghan Cremer, Jesse Hess to mention but a few).

“Our security forces are on high alert. Whilst in no way, can we take away the sense of deep loss and unbearable pain you experience, as a country we commit ourselves to continue to work tirelessly to build the kind of South Africa, where indeed women and children will be safe.”

Updated: September 3, 2019 — 4:39 pm

44 Comments

  1. This is a very good decision made by the President in maintaining peace. I think President if countries should look into the issues of tribalism, racism and other forms of violence meted out on foreigners by citizens

  2. Thank God that south African President are against their actions

  3. The government of South African should wake up and do something to stop this attack of their fellow humans, taking another’s life is no solution to any problem

  4. Its now they know they will be talking. The mnigerian government isnt even taking action. Like whats up?

  5. This south African people are very wicked and our so called president is doing nothing to resolve the problem

  6. Please drastic actions requires desperate steps to be taken. So as to avoid more loss of lives

  7. this is very bad of the south Africans , something we thought that will never be experienced again they brought it back

  8. It should better be stopped because the killing is too much, especially Nigerians that are there, it’s not that they’ve done anything to trigger this violence

  9. A very nice speech indeed. We don’t want your speech we want you to act on it, to stop you lowlife citizen from harm the citizen of Nigeria got it

  10. Is saying all these to please the public, if he really condemns it, then let those carrying out the attack be arrested and adequately punished

  11. He added: “The people of our country want to live in harmony; whatever concerns or grievances we may have, we need to handle them in a democratic way. There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries.

  12. This is not about saying it that it should stop. You have to go into action.

  13. Keep talking while all Nigeria’s are dieyin in South Africa you people should do something about it…

  14. This is not good for our country and our citizens over they should stop attacking us over there

  15. Is good that he has condemned the xanophobia attacks on foreign Nationals but what action has he taken in dealing with the situation.

  16. Please help us act fast on this issue, because we are both black, hustling for a living in other mans – land does not cause any problems and harms for each other

  17. Good we help us Nigerian and if they fight us we need to fight back to them also

  18. This is unacceptable in a democratic dispensation. The miscreants who committed this crime should have expressed their grievance through peaceful demonstration rather than destroying people’s lives and properties.The south African government should improve on their security.

  19. they need to be told, this rubbish has to stop, we accommodate them here, they should be able to do so there

  20. Hmmmmm…………………………………,…………………………………………………………..,.

  21. TO ME, DEATH PENALTY SHOULD BE GIVING TO THOSE CAUGHT IN THE ACT

  22. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the wave of xenophobic attacks by South Africans against foreign nationals, especially Nigerians across the country. that a good one do something now… or

  23. The attacks on other nationals especially on Nigerians by South Africans have lingered on for too long. Ramaphosa ought to have sprang into action ever since.

  24. Its shouldn’t be so if there is misunderstanding it should be settle not killing and destroy of property

  25. That’s good news so far ,every bad thing should be condemned in south Africa country , to know if all this killings will stop ,imagine killing innocent souls for nothing ,thanks Mr president for this information.

  26. I express my deep pain, support, solidarity, and love to the families, friends and loved ones of all those who have lost their lives. Mr President you have to do something fast about this.

  27. Kudos to the Mr president. But it has been along time this killing has start.but help us find fast solution in order to make peace rain

  28. Condemnation is not enough, he should do something tangible about it……… ……

  29. South Africans against foreign nationals, especially Nigerians across the country.
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  30. This attack on foreign nationals is unjustifiable. South Africans should think of the consequences on their citizens in foreign nations.

  31. Condemning Xenophobic acts by the citizenry is not enough.
    The most important thing is to end it completely.

  32. President Ramaphosa shouldn’t just condemn the xenophobic attack but should look for measures in curbing it.

  33. Now that the attack had been condemned, who will be done the families of the believes, Nigerian leaders should wakeup to their duties

  34. What’s all these nonsense.everywhere troubles.even our government still fold there hands waiting for there head.

  35. The way they treat the Nigeria there are very bad and I think our president phb will look into it and act very fast on it and for does that lost there life i pray that they reciave mercy from God

  36. I keep on seeing this xenophobic attacks everywhere now, what’s really going on are we safe

  37. South Africans are barbaric animals. They cant even control themselves. Other African countries are better

  38. But for how long are we going to continue with killing ourselves and we keep saying we want to unite the continent.

  39. WE DON’T WANT SPEECHES AND GRAMMAR, GO OUT THERE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

  40. this is highly condemnable.is unfortunate that people are heart hardened.

  41. He better condem xeinophobia because our people have been killed alot and we have been silent enough our reaction wount be good at all

  42. No man has the right to take another man’s life ( we were created by God to live in harmony why are men changing the plan of God?)

  43. Why is south African citizens treating people like this? They should becareful

  44. Why should they been attacking other country because what they should stop that or else they are looking for trouble when coming to our own contry

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