South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has dispatched three special envoys to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
A statement by the presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko said on Sunday says that the special envoys would deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts of South Africa, which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property,
Mr Diko said that the envoys would reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity.
He explained that the envoys would also reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to the rule of law.
According to Khusela Diko, the envoys would visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.
The team, which includes Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo, and Dr Khulu Mbatha are expected to visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. This comes after widespread tensions across the country, in which people have looted both foreign and South African-owned shops while calling for an end to drug syndicates,
He added that they would brief governments in the identified African countries about the steps that the South African government is taking to bring a stop to the attacks and to hold the perpetrators to account.
South Africa has been hit by a new spate of violence for the past few weeks.
At least 12 people, including 10 South Africans and two foreigners, have been killed.
South Africa is host to some 274,000 refugees and asylum-seekers from African countries, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Xenophobia-related attacks are common in South Africa, where foreigners are blamed for taking up employment that should have been taken by locals.