Zuma apologises to Mozambicans for xenophobic violence
Since the end of apartheid 21 years ago, South Africa has attracted millions of migrants seeking a better life in the continent’s most advanced economy.
Zuma pledged to address “some of the underlying factors” to ensure that the attacks against foreigners did not erupt again, without elaborating.
While condemning the violence, South Africa has also cracked down in a series of raids in which 1,650 illegal immigrants have been arrested.
More than 400 Mozambicans were expelled on Friday and 427 others are slated to be deported soon.
Zuma is in Maputo at the invitation of President Filipe Nyusi, with the visit set to focus on bilateral and regional cooperation.
Mozambique is South Africa’s top trading partner in Africa, with two-way trade worth 43.9 billion rand ($3.7 billion) last year.