South Africa apologises to Nigeria over attacks

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa make a speech at the official funeral service of the later former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on September 14, 2019 at National Sports Stadium in Harare. - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa was jeered and whistled during his speech before he apologised for recent xenophobic attacks in his home country. At least 12 people have been killed this month in a surge in violence and mob attacks against foreign-owned businesses in and around Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP) (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa make a speech at the official funeral service of the later former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on September 14, 2019 at National Sports Stadium in Harare. 

South Africa has apologised to Nigeria over attacks in which Nigerians and other foreigners were targeted.

Nigeria repatriated some 187 citizens from South Africa following the violence, and plans to bring home many more.

At the weekend, the South African presidency said President Cyril Ramaphosa would send high-ranking emissaries on a mission to reassure African countries after a wave of xenophobic attacks.

On Monday, South Africa special envoy Jeff Radebe told President Muhammadu Buhari that the attacks on foreigners do not represent South Africa’s “value system, nor those of the larger number of South Africans”.

He said South Africa is committed to peace and integration of the continent.

Radebe also added  that during the attacks, 10 people – two Zimbabweans and eight South Africans – were killed, but no Nigerian was a casualty.

President Buhari said indeed Nigeria made great sacrifices for South Africa to become a free state.

He thanked President Ramaphosa for sending the special envoy to apologise over the attack