The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Wednesday, said his government was very upset about the killings of Nigerians in his country, noting that the trend had necessitated the call for a meeting between him and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on how to stop the protracted act.
Ramaphosa made this disclosure on Wednesday, 28th August 2019, while answering questions from journalists after meeting with President Buhari during the ongoing seventh Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan.
According to the South African President, his country’s justice system had already taken up the matter, adding that he was not in support of the killings or the killing of anybody without justifiable reasons.
When asked whether the killing of Nigerians was discussed with Buhari on Wednesday, Ramaphosa said it wasn’t on the agenda, but added that it would tabled during Buhari’s visit to South Africa next month. He said:
“We are going to be discussing all that because we have very good relations. We will talk about the issue of Nigerians who are dying in South Africa. We feel very upset about that.
“Obviously, our criminal justice system is working on it. We don’t support killings. Nobody should ever be killed, but it is also good to use this opportunity here in Japan to renew the bond between us, to talk about common things between South Africa and Nigeria.
“We know we have to play key roles in the overall development of the continent.”