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.