South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency and National Executive Member of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), Jackson Mthembu, said his country risks being a pariah state on the African continent after President Cyril Ramaphosa was booed by Zimbabweans in Harare where he was mourning the late former President Robert Mugabe.
Mthembu took to microblogging site Twitter to express his concerns over the “serious embarrassment” experienced by Ramaphosa and called his fellow countrymen to refrain from attacking foreign nationals. Said Mthembu:
Presidentjoined many heads of state to pay tribute to former President Mugabe at his funeral service in Harare The President acknowledged and apologized for the xenophobic violence that erupted in our country. He thanked Mugabe for contributing to our freedom.
Whilst the Zimbabwe crowd jeered our President, he did express regret for the violence that was directed at foreign nationals two weeks ago.
The President stated that SAs are not xenophobic. He assured Zimbabweans that SA is working hard to stop attacks on foreign nationals
The Zimbabwean crowd’s attempts to stop our President from speaking at Mugabe’s funeral service is a serious wake-up call for all of us as a nation.
The attacks on foreign nationals must stop, it’s serious reputational damage to our country.
Many African leaders did not attend the World Economic Forum on Africa due to attacks on foreign nationals.
The same has now caused serious embarrassment to our President and the country at Mugabe’s funeral service. We must stop this or face isolation from the continent.
We must also not forget that a few countries also pulled out from playing ournational team because of these attacks on foreign nationals.
We must take the apology of our President to the continent to heart and stop these attacks.
SA also expressed it’s condolences to the people of Zimbabwe today at former President Mugabe’s funeral service.
Thank you Presidentfor representing us well under difficult circumstances. Thank you for your apology for the violent attacks on fellow Africans.