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Xenophobia: Buhari arrives South Africa

President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in South Africa on Wednesday for a state visit after an outburst of xenophobic violence in and around Johannesburg stirred tensions between Africa’s leading economic powerhouses. Buhari and his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa will meet Thursday to discuss bolstering trade ties and political cooperation as both struggle to

Can South Africa repair its image damaged by xenophobia?

SA needs to end the denialism around xenophobia and engage in frank dialogue with its continental partners. By liesl Louw-vaudran and Mohamed  Diatta Televised footage last week showed hundreds of Nigerians queuing in Johannesburg to be evacuated to their home country. It illustrated the impact of the latest wave of xenophobic attacks targeting African foreign

Ramaphosa apologizes to Nigeria for xenophobic attacks

Godsgift Onyedinefu South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday apologized to the Nigerian government two weeks after deadly xenophobic attacks on immigrants in Johannesburg and Pretoria, according to media reports. Ramaphosa tendered his apology to his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, through Jeff Radebe, Ramaphosa’s special envoy dispatched to Nigeria, the Thisdaylive news

Foreign nationals must obey South Africa laws — Ramaphosa

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

Xenophobic attacks: Ramaphosa sends envoys to Nigeria, 6 other countries

Godsgift Onyedinefu South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday, dispatched three special envoys to Nigeria and six other African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity, following xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The special envoys, according to South African presidential spokesman, Khusela Diko, will deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding

Xenophobia: SERAP asks African Commission to sue South Africa

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called on Mrs Soyata Maiga, the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the commission’s members to sue South Africa, over xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country in recent times. In a statement signed by Kolawole

South Africa’s problems are not caused by foreigners

Concrete measures to strengthen the rule of law are necessary to prevent outbreaks of public violence. By Gareth Newham For more than a decade corruption, poor policy choices and deteriorating governance have weakened South Africa’s criminal justice institutions and its economy. The recent outbreaks of violence, mostly against foreigners in the cities of

Nigeria will not sever diplomatic ties with South Africa — FG

The minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said Nigeria will not sever diplomatic ties with South Africa as a result of the attacks on Nigerians. He said this when he appeared before the senate committee on disapora on Friday. The minister said taking such action would not be in the interest

Xenophobia: Amnesty berates Ramaphosa, seeks prosecution at ICC

A London-based civil society group, Global Amnesty Watch (GAW), has called out South Africa president, Cyril Ramaphosa, over whatvit described as his sluggish handling of xenophobic attacks in the country. In a statement signed by Head of Africa Affairs, John Tom Leva, on Wednesday in London, United Kingdom, to address