Amid rumours of retaliatory attacks on South African business interests in Nigeria, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned the new wave of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the country, saying the attacks must stop immediately.
According to him, attacks on businesses run by “foreign nationals is something totally unacceptable, something that we cannot allow to happen in South Africa.”
Ramaphosa said this in a video address diffused on Twitter.
Insisting that the attacks stop immediately, Ramaohosa said there was no justification for the violence.
Authorities in the Southern African country have been battling to contain a nationwide surge of anti-foreigner sentiment that flared up in Johannesburg on Sunday.
According to reports, mobs descended on business hubs and townships in various parts of the country, looting dozens of shops and torching trucks driven by foreigners.