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Zuma apologises to Mozambicans for xenophobic violence


President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma

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.

  • Freeman

    Zulu man

  • Rev

    What Mr. Zuma needs to do is to honorably resign. He has presided over the most shameful period in Post Apartheid South African and African history! Under his watch, the restraints were let loose and the abominable became the norm…!

  • amador kester

    Tantamount to unmitigated equivocation if no compensatory mechanism is put in place to mitigate the sufferings of the hapless victims enduring the emotional hangovers of this giddy story