SA president, Cyril Ramaphosa sent a stern message to all his followers on Twitter yesterday saying that "Xenophobia has no place in our democracy and we must do everything to root it out".
In a short video on Twitter the president is seen addressing a crowd at an ANC fundraising dinner in KZN. He said the attack on foreign nationals for whatever reason, is a form of intolerance that the people of this country have rejected many times before and we must do so again, and again. He added that as South Africans, we are not an intolerant people.
"We can not be defined as intolerant. We can not be defined as not wanting to to live side by side with people from other nations."
He added that these recent attacks that has being levelled against people from other countries are wrong and violates everything that South Africans fought for over many decades. Check out the video on Twitter below:
The president said he personally condemns them in the strongest terms because this is not what South Africans do.
He continued by saying he also appreciates what fellow South Africans have done for the country's liberation.
"They stood side by side with us as we were engaged in struggle. They supported us willingly and in a comradery manner and some of them were as far a field, like countries like Uganda, countries that were not even our neighbours. They supported us because they felt that racism and apartheid was an abomination against humanity."
He added that they joined the struggle, gave us refuge and embraced us and supported our struggle in more ways that we can imagine, both military, resource wise and gave South Africans a number of skills and so forth.
"We shall never forget the sacrifices they made and we shall forever be in the debt of many African countries in our continent.
President Ramaphosa concluded by saying that there are many foreign nationals in our country who are here legally. He added that they respect our laws and respect our people.
However a lot of people were upset with the president saying that he was the one who approved the attacks in the first place. Here are some of the comments from his post on Twitter:
Others believed that the foreign nationals are a huge problem in the country, killing people, stealing their jobs and leaving our local South Africans with nothing. Here are more comments form Twitter:
But there were still a few who stood with the president to stop the Xenophobia attacks in the country:
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