South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to end attacks on foreigners living in his country.
Ramaphosa, who made the pledge during a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at Nigeria’s Presidential Villa in Abuja, linked the incessant xenophobic attacks in South Africa to criminal elements in the country.
He told journalists after a meeting with Buhari that victims of the senseless killings of foreigners in South Africa were not restricted to Nigerians alone, saying nationals of other countries are equally affected.
According to him, the country is also being plagued with other social challenges that are heightening its crime rates, even as he informed that his administration is trying everything within its power to address them and ensure that the country is safe for citizens and foreigners alike.
“In the course of everything else, people in various part of the country do get engulfed in acts of criminality, the majority of them are South Africans,” he further stated.
Earlier reacting to the xenophobic attack on Nigerians this year, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, had said South Africa has the highest crime rate in Africa.
“The crime situation in South Africa is very high, probably the highest in Africa,” he said. “So there is a high level of crime; it is not just that Nigerians are victims of crime in South Africa.”
Onyeama blamed the unending xenophobic attacks on trust deficit between the Nigerian Union of South Africa and the South African police.