SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa who received a baptism of fire when he was booed at the giant National Sports Stadium over xenophobic attacks apologised to the Zimbabweans and the Africans in general.
While addressing mourners at Robert Mugabe’s state funeral in Harare, Ramaphosa was interrupted as Zimbabweans expressed their anger over the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.
As the booing continued Ramaphosa switched from his original condolence speech and apologised to the Zimbabweans in particular and Africans in general.
“For the past two weeks, we have had episodes of violence in some parts of our country which has caused death to fellow Africans,” Ramaphosa said after being forced by the interruptions to deviate from his original speech.
“I stand before you to express our regrets and apologies.
“We are working very hard to encourage our people to embrace people from all African countries and the events that unfolded are regrettable,” he said.
A couple of weeks ago violence broke out in the South African townships targeting foreign nationals. Waving fighting sticks, improvised spears and shields, angry South Africans advanced through the streets of central Johannesburg and other suburbs, singing, looting and attacking foreign nationals whom they accuse of “taking their jobs.”