Zuma cancels state visit to focus on govt response to xenophobic attacks

2015-04-18 14:26

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The diplomatic crisis that has resulted in some African countries threatening to shut down South African businesses as a result of the xenophobic attacks forced President Jacob Zuma to cancel a state visit to Indonesia.

Zuma was scheduled to leave tonight to attend the Africa-Asia Summit but called off his trip to oversee South Africa’s response to the attacks which have left six people dead since they erupted in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal two weeks ago.

Zuma, instead, sent his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa to attend the summit, a move observers viewed as the right thing to do as the condemnation of government’s uneven response grew this week.

In a bid to put an end to the ongoing violence, Zuma will hold various meetings in an outreach programme with ministers and other stakeholders next week, said his spokesperson, Mac Maharaj.

“The meetings will be focused on strengthening the existing support for peace and peaceful co-existence among all peace loving South Africans while also listening to concerns being raised by some communities,” said Maharaj.

Zuma’s strong condemnation of the attacks in a speech in Parliament this week seemed to fall on deaf ears as xenophobic clashes continued between foreign nationals and locals in Joburg.

Zuma is scheduled to visit displaced foreign nationals in Chatsworth, Durban, this afternoon to reassure foreign nationals that his government would do everything to protect them and end the violence.

“The President once again expresses his condemnation of the attacks on foreign nationals and has urged the police to continue working round the clock to protect communities and bring perpetrators to book,” said Maharaj.

In a statement issued by the presidency, Zuma reiterated government’s condemnation that there was nothing to justify attacks on foreign nationals.

“These attacks go against everything we believe in. The majority of South Africans love peace and good relations with their brothers and sisters in the continent. We will engage stakeholders next week as we need all leaders to work together to bring the situation to normality. Working together we will be able to overcome this challenge,” said Zuma.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.