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South Africa: President Condemns Violence, Vowing Zero Tolerance for Perpetrators


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Tue, 03 Sep 2019 17:04 GMT

Police in South Africa arrested more than 90 people after the widespread violence that erupted three days ago in the capital Pretoria and Johannesburg, AP reported on Tuesday September 3rd.

South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the looting and arson attacks on foreign-owned businesses across Johannesburg and Pretoria, calling the violence "totally unacceptable".

"We are a country that is completely committed against xenophobia," Ramaphosa said in a video statement published on Twitter on Tuesday. "We do not allow and cannot tolerate attacks on people from other African countries."

Police fanned out across neighbourhoods in Johannesburg and Pretoria as the violence extended into a third day, unleashing a widespread campaign targeting the perpetrators of the violence in five areas. Many gutted, looted shops remained closed as shop owners, many of them foreign, feared returning to their property.

"There is no justification whatsoever for people who have a sense that their jobs are being taken by people from foreign lands to attack them, to destroy properties, and actually to kill them," said Ramaphosa. "This must be stopped."

On Monday September 2nd, African governments warned citizens living in South Africa to take safety precautions and expressed frustration with the latest wave of attacks targeting foreign-owned businesses in South Africa.

The Ethiopian Embassy in South Africa advised citizens to close their shops "until peace is restored", according to Ethiopian media, and Zambia's Ministry of Transport and Communications warned Zambian truck drivers not to travel in the country.

The Nigerian government also lashed out at South African police for their "ineffective" response to attacks on its citizens.