South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has constituted special envoys to visit African countries to plead on behalf of his people over attacks on other African nationals.
There have been waves of attacks including massive killings looting and maiming of foreigners in his country.
The President got a dose of the hate against his country by other Africans in Harare on Saturday during the funeral of late President Roberts Mugabe.
He was jeered and booed at the funeral of the late Zimbabwean leader, on Saturday, while also apologising for the attacks in his country.
Xenophobic attacks broke out in recent weeks in South Africa after a taxi driver was killed by an alleged drug dealer in Pretoria.
However, he has sent special envoys to several African leaders including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, following the attacks.
The team of special envoys includes Jeff Radebe, Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo, and Dr Khulu Mbatha, who are expected to visit Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.
The special envoys would deliver messages of solidarity to several heads of state and governments across Africa amid tensions and violence in the country.
“The special envoys will deliver a message from President Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts of South Africa, which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property.” a statement released by South African government spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said.
The statement added that the special envoys are tasked with “reassuring fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity”.
In a similar vein, Ramaphosa urged his countrymen to halt the attacks on foreigners, adding that same treatment to South Africans in foreign will easily be encouraged with their actions.
The President in an interview said, “People move to our country for different reasons ranging from economic, political and some move because they have been persecuted and others move because they want a bright new world in other countries and I think it is important that we’re connected to other countries and that we have a responsibility which is recognised by the United Nations under migration protocols that people moving into our country expect us to treat them like human beings just as we would want to be treated like humans too.
“Clearly and obviously, we want people who have come to our country to obey the laws of our country and that they must act the way we act and such does not mean they must be subjected to turtoure, killed or their businesses must be ravaged or burnt as we wouldn’t want to see that happening to our nationals who are in other countries of the world.
“So, we should treat them like we want to be treated when we move to other countries. We also insist that those who are left behind should abide to our laws as there is presence of rule of law in our country. We don’t want them to engage in any criminality.”