The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, on Wednesday released a statement urging Zimbabweans living in South Africa to exercise caution in ensuring their safety.
She also condemned the xenophobic attacks stating that they are against the spirit of African unity. The statement reads as follows:
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all Zimbabweans and other African nationals who suffered from the senseless orgy of violence in South Africa.
The Government and the people of Zimbabwe condemn the barbaric acts, which clearly offends the spirit of African unity and solidarity as espoused by the African Union founding fathers in Addis Ababa in 1963.
The despicable attacks come at an opportune time when African leaders have just launched a continent-wide Africa Free Trade Area, which has opened exciting economic opportunities that facilitate free movement of capital, labour, goods and services.
We applaud the South African Government for their swift intervention to end the violence and bring the perpetrators to book.
All Zimbabweans living in South Africa and those travelling to the country are urged to take the necessary precaution to ensure their safety.