- Minister Naledi Pandor has admitted the country has lapses in both the security of its borders and immigration laws
- Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Pandor condemned acts of violence and looting targeted at foreign nationals
- The government, according to the Minister, is hard at work addressing the issues at hand
International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor represented President Cyril Ramaphosa at the United Nations General Assembly over the weekend.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had opted to remain in South Africa to address local challenges, sending the Minister in his stead.
Pandor said that instances of xenophobic behaviour in the country had been both 'regrettable and shameful' for the nation, reports The Citizen.
The government had condemned the attacks, saying that they were hard at work addressing the security issues and intolerance that had led to the situation:
“We are working tirelessly to tackle crime and lawlessness and to ensure that the arrested criminals face the full might of the law. We are also committed to addressing the inadequacy of our immigration administration to curb illegal migration and to make sure everyone who comes to South Africa is documented and safe."
The Minister says that South Africa will be engaging all African countries to ensure the implementation of development strategies, hoping to use them to boost economic opportunities for all in an attempt to 'diminish feelings of resentment'.
JacarandaFM reported that Pandor further condemned the attacks that brought the country under immense international criticism:
“We wish to reiterate that SA does not condone any forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances."
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