The president said this in a televised address in Johannesburg.
“Over the past few days, our country has been deeply traumatised and troubled by
acts of violence and criminality directed against foreign nationals and our own citizens
” Ramaphosa said. “People have lost their lives, families have been traumatised.
We know that at least 10 people have been killed in the violence. Two of whom were foreign nationals.”
South African police arrested more than 80 people and confirmed five deaths as riots in
Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria intensified on Tuesday, spreading to surrounding
townships with roving groups attacking mainly foreign-owned shops.
The latest wave of unrest in South Africa has raised fears of a recurrence of violence aimed
at foreigners in 2015 in which at least seven people were killed.