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South Africa Takes Action Against Xenophobia

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has dispatched three special envoys to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said the special envoys will deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts of South Africa, which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property, the Daily Post of Nigeria reported Sept. 15.

The envoys will reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity, Diko said.

They will also reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the rule of law.

The envoys will visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, according to Diko.

They will brief governments in the identified African countries about the steps that the South African government is taking to bring a stop to the attacks and to hold the perpetrators to account.

South Africa has been hit by a new spate of violence in the past few weeks. At least, 12 people, including 10 South Africans and two foreigners, have been killed.

The latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa have ignited the long-standing tensions between South Africa and Nigeria, resulting in “retaliatory attacks on South African businesses in Nigeria and the diplomatic outrage by Nigerian authorities,” according to a Quartz Africa report.

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