Zuma cancels trip to Indonesia over xenophobia
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – SOUTH African president Jacob Zuma has cancelled his state visit to Indonesia owing to xenophobic violence against fellow African nationals in his country.
Zuma was due to leave for Indonesia on Saturday evening for a State Visit with a view to attend the Africa-Asia Summit as well as the commemoration of the historic summit in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 which brought together Africa and Asia.
Zuma’s spokesman, Mac Maharaj, said his boss would now be replaced by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
“The President (Zuma) once again expresses his condemnation of the attacks on foreign nationals and has urged the police to continue working round the clock to protect communities and bring perpetrators to book.
“The President thanks the South African public and the South African media for coming out against xenophobia and the attacks on foreign nationals in various parts of the country in many campaigns.
He added: “We reiterate our message that there can be no justification for the attacks on foreign nationals. These attacks go against everything we believe in. The majority of South Africans love peace and good relations with their brothers and sisters in the continent. We will engage stakeholders next week as we need all leaders to work together to bring the situation to normality.”
– CAJ News
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