SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday deviated from his condolence message speech at the National Sports stadium where heads of states and governments as well as other dignitaries gathered to mourn the late former president Robert Mugabe.
As soon as Ramaphosa was introduced to extend his condolence messages like other dignitaries, there was a lot of booing from the stadium against the South African head of state due to the xenophobic attacks that terrorized his country.
There were pleas from the masters of ceremonies for the stadium to quiet down but the booing only increased.
Defiantly, Ramaphosa took to the podium and as it became apparent the stadium was not standing down, he addressed the issue of Xenophobia.
“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.
“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.”