JOHANNESBURG – Just a few days after apologising to Zimbabweans and Nigerians over violence, President Cyril Ramaphosa now says foreign nationals need to comply by the rules and laws of South Africa. He was speaking at a meeting with ANC Johannesburg region branches on Sunday.
Mr Ramaphosa has dispatched a team of special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several African countries. The team of delegates will brief governments about the steps South Africa is taking to end the violence. Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia are among the countries to be visited.
“Per our protocol, our laws and regulations, one of the presidents of the African countries told me that they had a meeting just two weeks ago before the WEF with their nationals they had complaints,” He said.
“Just imagine if you were to have south Africans in your country who do not obey the law, who embark in criminal activity, how would that affect you. They immediately realised that living according to the law of the country is what is expected from every national” Mr Ramaphosa reportedly told the President according to eNCA.
Mr Ramaphosa was also one of the many African heads of state who attended former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Harare on Saturday, September 14. He was initially jeered at the start of his speech but was cheered after apologising for the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa earlier this month.
South Africa faced a series of deadly attacks against foreigners. At least 12 people have been killed in the violence and hundreds of shops were vandalized.