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President Ramaphosa Apologises to Ghana over Xenophobic Attacks
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South Africa President has, on behalf of the people of South Africa, apologised to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the people of Ghana over the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

 

Attacks resulted in fatalities and injuries among several African nationals, and the looting of their shops.

 

In President Cyril Ramaphosa’s message delivered to the Ghanaian President, by Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe, a Minister of State at that Country’s Presidency on Tuesday, expressed the abhorrence of President Ramaphosa’s at the turn of events.

 

According to Mr Radebe, “this is not in line with constitutional democracy and it is an affront to the rule of law. President Ramaphosa has condemned the violence and has instructed security agencies to leave no stone unturned in bringing all the perpetrators to book.”

 

He revealed further that President Ramaphosa has cancelled his participation in the United Nations General Assembly to deal with the matter and ensure that it did not escalate.

 

President Ramaphosa reiterated the importance of the historic relations between the two countries and said that “what has happened should not stand in the way of closer cooperation between Ghana and South Africa.”

 

President Akufo-Addo was the first President to pay a State visit to South Africa upon the assumption of President Ramaphosa. That, Mr Radebe indicated was evidence of “the high regard he has for you and the people of Ghana and the role played in the liberation of the continent from colonialism and imperialism.”

 

He told President Akufo-Addo about the decision taken by President Ramaphosa to pay a reciprocal visit to Ghana in December and disclosed the commitment to finalised the modalities for the waiving of visa requirements for nationals of the two countries.

 

On his part, President Akufo-Addo commended President Ramaphosa’s “exceptional gesture”, adding that “it is a courageous act on his part to apologise on behalf of the people of South Africa for the actions of the perpetrators of the violence.”

 

The apology, the President stated, “Is accepted in good faith” and was hopeful that the “authors of the violence will be apprehended and will face justice.”

 

President Akufo-Addo was confident that there would continue to exist opportunities for stronger ties of cooperation between the two countries and assured President Ramaphosa of Ghana’s commitment to realising the vision of a united Africa.

 

“We have been the marginalised people for too long and we must stick together so we can have our day in the sun soon,” he added.

 

Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)