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South African President, Ramaphosa reacts to xenophobic attack on Nigerians

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday condemned the recent attack against Nigerians and other foreign citizens in the country.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that  Ramaphosa, in a tweet on his official Twitter page, said there is no justification for the attack against foreign citizens.

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He was reacting to the looting and burning of businesses and property belonging to foreigners in South Africa that began on Sunday.

He said: “I condemn the violence that has spread in several provinces in the strongest terms. Today I summon the ministers in the security group to ensure that we monitor these acts of pointless violence closely and look for ways to stop them.

“The people of our country want to live in harmony; Whatever concerns or complaints we may have, we must handle them democratically.

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“There can be no justification for any South African to attack people from other countries,” he added. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his “deep concern” over attacks on Nigerian citizens and property in South Africa.

In a statement by Buhari’s exclusive adviser on media and advertising, Femi Adesina said that Buhari had sent a special envoy to his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Special Envoy is expected to arrive in Pretoria on the last Thursday, September 5, 2019