- President Cyril Ramphosa has told Mzansi that the challenges facing the nation should not be justification for attacking foreigners
- Addressing Upington during Heritage Day celebrations, the President called for an end to the violence
- While he urged citizens to refrain from attacks, he called on foreigners to abide by the laws of South Africa
President Cyril Ramaphosa has told South Africans that the issues facing the country should not be used as excuses to target foreign nationals.
Addressing the nation during Heritage Day celebrations, Ramaphosa urged foreigners to respect the laws in Mzansi, saying that they should be in the country legally:
"Every South African must have a document that shows who they are. We want them also to be documented."
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had dispatched special diplomatic envoys to apologise after xenophobic attacks made international headlines.
Following this, the President urged people not to allow domestic troubles lead to attacking people from other nations.
Ramaphosa said that heritage could play a part in creating healthy communities, free of violence and discrimination
Passing heritage down through the generations will ensure that South Africa's problems will be dealt with directly, according to Ramaphosa:
“In the end, this involves the creation of economic opportunities for previously disadvantaged South Africans through employment, skills development and support for small and medium enterprises.”
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