South Africa has sent an official envoy to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari apologizing over recent xenophobic attacks.
These violent attacks sparked tension between Nigeria and South Africa, resulting in the evacuation of some Nigerians from South Africa.
Many Nigerians were attacked and their businesses destroyed in the wave of the xenophobic attacks mainly in Johannesburg.
A special envoy from South Africa on Monday presented an apology to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jeff Radebe said South Africa was sorry for the violence and sent it’s “sincerest apologies”.
Radebe said at a meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja that “The incident does not represent what we stand for.”
Details of meeting
He told journalists after the meeting that “We met with President Buhari to convey President Ramaphosa’s sincerest apologies about the incidents that have recently transpired in South Africa.
“The incidents do not represent what we stand for as a constitutional democracy in South Africa and the President has apologised for these incidents.
“He has also instructed law enforcement agencies to leave no stone unturned to bring those involved to book.
“He (Ramaphosa) also conveyed his resolve of ensuring that both Nigeria and South Africa continued to play a critical role in the rebuilding of Africa to attend the agenda 2063; the Africa that we want.
“We also recalled with fun memories the historical times that exit between Nigeria and South Africa. During the dark days of apartheid, we knew that the Nigerian people and their government stood behind our leaders, who were fighting against the obnoxious system of apartheid.”
President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa was recently booed at the funeral of the late Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
Such hostile reactions to him signaled the anger among non-South African about the xenophobic attacks in his country.
He has promised to deal with the situation, assuring that the police are working hard to bring perpetrators to book.