UN Condemns Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa

UN Secretary-General António  Guterres has “strongly condemned” the renewed

wave of “acts of violence” against foreigners and their property in parts of South

Africa. Guterres’ message was conveyed by his spokesman, Mr Stéphane Dujarric,

at a news briefing at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Why Nigeria

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strongly condemn the acts of violence that have been reported in different provinces

in South Africa, including attacks against foreigners and the destruction of their property.

“The Secretary General has also very much noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s

unequivocal condemnation of that violence. “He has also noted Ramaphosa’s call

for strengthening accountability in line with democratic values enshrined in South

Africa’s constitution. “The Secretary General urges all political leaders to clearly and

openly reject the use of violence,” he said. The  question had particularly sought his

comments on the refusal of the South African government to recognise the attacks

as xenophobic, blaming criminality instead. The government’s attitude, in addition to

a “deliberate” failure by security agencies to prevent the attacks, is fueling allegations

of subtle official backing of the perpetrators. But the UN Chief’s spokesman also avoided

the xenophobia tag, choosing rather to describe the attacks as “acts of violence”.

The last few days have seen a resurgence of xenophobic violence by South African mobs

against foreign nationals, their property and businesses in parts of the country.

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