Xenophobic attacks: Pandor warns African leaders against inflammatory language

Naledi Pandor. (Daily Sun, file)
Naledi Pandor. (Daily Sun, file)

South Africa has cautioned African leaders against making inflammatory statements in the wake of reports of xenophobic attacks in Gauteng.

International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor met with heads of diplomatic missions in South Africa on Monday to allay fears of further escalations of xenophobia.

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Her spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said most ambassadors understood South Africa's condemnation of xenophobia, adding that the recent spate of violence would not affect the country's diplomatic ties.

"Issues were raised constructively, including ensuring that leaders don't use inflammatory language, we need to be measured. It's important to get to the bottom of this and the causes of the violence," Ngqengelele said.

Twelve people have died in a spate of violence that started last week. It spilled over to the Johannesburg suburb of Malvern on Sunday and into the CBD. Gauteng police are monitoring the situation. 


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