Xenophobia-South African President, Cyril Ramophosa booed at Mugabe’s burial, dispatches a special envoy to seven African countries

South African President, Cyril Ramophosa has dispatched a special envoy made up of three officials to seven African Countries, after he was booed at former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe’s funeral in Harare on Saturday, September 14.

Cyril Ramophosa

The special envoy made up of former minister, Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Khulu Mbatha, a veteran leader of the ruling African National Congress will be visiting Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia to deliver a message of solidarity and also brief each country’s government on steps South Africa is taking to end the xenophobic attacks. 

“The special envoys will 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,” the statement from South Africa’s presidency read. 

Ramophosa was booed as he addressed mourners at Robert Mugabe’s state funeral at the National Sports Stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.

He apologised on behalf of South Africans, but was told by angry Zimbabweans that an apology was not enough and that they want his government to arrest those behind the attack and ensure adequate protection of their foreign nationals.


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