South African President Ramaphosa says Killing of Nigerians Criminally Motivated

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the killings of Nigerians in South Africa as criminally motivated.

Ramaphosa said this while addressing journalists on Wednesday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, promising to bring the perpetrators to book.

“There are many other social factors that have contributed to the high levels of crime and criminality is something we are focusing on. We are doing everything to bring it down. In the course of everything else, people in various part of the country do get engulfed in acts of criminality, the majority of them are South Africans,” he said.

He, however, noted that he hopes South Africa and Nigeria will deepen both economic and political ties for the benefit of the people.

Xenophobia attacks in South Africa have led to the death of many Nigerians, in recent years, and the matter isn’t helped by the seeming complicity of the police.

Ramaphosa’s visit to Buhari is his first visit to Nigeria and also the first outside the borders of South African development community countries since he took over leadership of South Africa earlier this year.

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