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Zimbabweans are angry at South Africa, not me personally: Ramaphosa

SOUTH African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the booing he received in Harare at the Robert Mugabe funeral on Saturday was directed at South Africa, not him personally.

Addressing the Southern African Clothing & Textiles Workers’ Union (SACTU) delegates in Durban on Monday, Ramaphosa again denounced the violent elements among the South African society and said Parliament will on Wednesday discuss the violence against African foreigners.

“They (Zimbabweans) expressed their disappointment and unhappiness. The whole stadium of 40,000 booed me, but their anger was directed at us as South Africans, not me personally. It was only when I said I regretted the incidents of violence… that is when the stadium responded to me positively. I also apologized on your behalf…

“My hope is that it sinks into each of us that the world expects us to behave in a certain way. Other African countries play a positive role in building our economy,” Ramaphosa said.

On Saturday while preparing to give his eulogies at the State funeral for Zimbabwe’s late former President Mugabe, Ramaphosa was booed and whistled at by crowds that were in the stadium.

He was only able to proceed with his speech after he had apologized.

At least twelve people died in the xenophobic attacks that hit Johannesburg and Pretoria in the past weeks. Among the dead were at least two Zimbabweans.

Hundreds others have been displaced and had their homes and belongings burnt down. — Zimbabwe Voice

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