South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent high-ranking envoys to African countries to reassure them that South Africa was committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and to the rule of law.
The envoy led by former Minister Jeff Radeba, will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, DR Congo, and Zambia, where they will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence, which resulted in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property in the former apartheid nation.
Ramaphosa was booed on Saturday during his speech at Zimbabwe ex-leader Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Harare before he apologised for the attacks, which have been prompted by unemployment and poverty.
“I stand before you as a fellow African to express my regret and apologise for what has happened in our country,” Ramaphosa said at the state funeral.
His comments were met with cheers and blasts of air horns from the crowd.
At least 12 people have been killed in the surge of mob violence targeting foreign-owned businesses and homes, mainly in and around Johannesburg since the start of the month.
Hundreds of economic migrants from neighbouring Zimbabwe and Mozambique have fled to shelters and Nigeria has flown 600 of its citizens back home after they were targeted in the violence.