President Cyril Ramaphosa says foreign nationals need to abide by the rules and laws of South Africa. He was speaking at a meeting with ANC Johannesburg region branches on Sunday. Ramphosa has dispatched a team of special envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to several African countries.
The team of envoys 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.
“In accordance with 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 own nationals, and when they had a meeting nationals had complaints,” said Ramaphosa.
“Whilst we understand why our nationals are feeling unsafe, that president also said, you 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 indeed the issue of living in accordance with the law of the country is what should be expected from every national,” he said.
Ramaphosa was also one of a dozen African leaders who attended former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Harare on Saturday. South Africa has been rocked by a surge of deadly attacks against foreigners. At least 12 people have been killed in the violence and hundreds of shops destroyed.
In other news – Mmusi Maimane: I moved my family because we were getting death threats
DA leader Mmusi Maimane moved from the parliamentary village in Cape Town to a R3.85m house in Claremont because he and his family were getting death threats, the opposition leader said on Sunday.
“I had initially taken the decision to move from the parliamentary village in Acacia Park due to threats against my family and me, including intimidation and death threats,” he said in a statement, adding that articles on Sunday revealing his address had put them at further risk. Read more