- President Cyril Ramaphosa was recently booed while on stage at Robert Mugabe's funeral
- The President insists that riled citizens had not been aiming their displeasure at him, but at all South Africans
- This comes as Ramaphosa apologises to Nigeria for the recent xenophobic attacks in SA
President Cyril Ramaphosa says Zimbabweans had been voicing their anger at South Africa during Robert Mugabe's funeral.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had been booed at during his address, with the crowd only warming up to him after he apologised for the recent violence in the country.
eNCA reports that Ramaphosa had told citizens at a Durban gathering that SA's reputation has been tainted by xenophobia:
“And the people of Zimbabwe, almost in unison, expressed their disappointment, expressed their unhappiness and they expressed their anger against us as South Africans. And they saw me as representing all of us here in South Africa, and their reaction was against us.”
Meanwhile, South Africa issued an apology to Nigeria, who had taken citizens home at the height of the unrest.
A special envoy had been deployed to express Mzansi's 'sincerest apologies' after attacks on foreign nationals had seen the African nation retaliate.
This was well-met by President Muhammadu Buhari, who pledged that the relationship between the two nations would be 'solidified', writes eNCA.
While the fatalities in the protests were mostly South Africans, hundreds of foreign nationals had fled to their origin countries, with Nigeria threatening sanctions and the nationalisation of locally owned business interests.
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