Horrific xenophobic shock, disgust: Mugabe
from MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN President Robert Mugabe has expressed deep “shock and disgust” at the ongoing South African xenophobic violence against other nationals.
He described those attacks as “horrible” before calling an immediate end to such unprovoked violence.
Mugabe, who is both the chairman for Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) said such actions should not occur again in any African nation.
The AU and SADC chairman was addressing thousands of people at the National Sports Stadium to mark the country’s 35th independence anniversary.
“The act of treating other Africans in that horrible way can never be condoned by anyone. Our own African people on the African continent must be treated with respect.
“If there is any issue arising from influx, surely that can be discussed and measures can be taken to deal with and address the situation,” Mugabe said.
Mugabe said he was speaking on behalf of both AU and SADC at the disgusting, deplorable and condemned xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals.
He however said Zimbabweans were glad that President Jacob] Zuma also condemned the xenophobic attacks, including almost all African diplomatic corps posted to Pretoria.
To date, six people have been confirmed dead with more than 2,000 others displaced from their homes in Durban and Johannesburg.
– CAJ News
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