The president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has apologized to the African continent for the people that died two weeks ago in violent attack in Johannesburg and Pretoria and promised that his country is ready to put behind violence and embrace peace and unity.
“I want to tell you fellow Africans, South Africa is not xenophobic, I want to express regret of what happened in my country where a number of people died including foreigners and South Africans,” he said.
He said this at the funeral of former president of Zimbabwe Gabriel Robert Mugabe today September 14 in the sports stadium.
He said what took place was not in the interest of the unity of Africans and the aspirations of leaders of the liberation struggle for independent African states
“The killing of fellow Africans in South Africa goes against the principles of leaders like Nelson Mandela, Robert Mugabe Oliver Tambo. I want to urge the people of South Africa to embrace the people of other African states,” he said.
He praised Mugabe for being a great Pan Africanist and a hero for African liberation that saw South Africa, and Namibia got their independence. He was the first one to visit Independent South Africa.
The ceremony was attended by 10 heads of state who included Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Mutharika of Malawi, Rupia Banda of Zambia and 11 former heads of state like Jerry Rawlings of Ghana and Sam Nujoma of Namibia.