South Africa apologizes to Ghana over xenophobic attacks

Sun Online Desk

18th September, 2019 06:04:48 printer

South Africa apologizes to Ghana over xenophobic attacks

South Africa has conveyed its apology to Ghana over the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa which resulted in the deaths of and injuries to several African nationals, and the looting of their shops belonging to them.

Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe, minister of state at the office of the South African Presidency, expressed the abhorrence of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the turn of events, during a closed-door meeting with Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in Accra on Tuesday.

According to Radebe, Ramaphosa has condemned the violence, and instructed security agencies to leave no stone unturned in bringing all the perpetrators to book.

He noted that the South African leader has decided to cancel his participation in the United Nations General Assembly to deal with the matter, and ensure that it does not escalate.

Radebe reiterated the importance of the historic relations between South Africa and Ghana, indicating that the incident should not stand in the way of closer cooperation between both countries.

Akufo-Addo thanked the minister for Ramaphosa's "exceptional gesture", saying it is a courageous act on the part of his South African counterpart to apologize on behalf of his people for the actions of the perpetrators of the violence.

He said he's hopeful that the "authors of the violence will be apprehended, and will face justice".