'We need Ramaphosa to explain what government will do about xenophobic attacks'

There has been a backlash on the continent against the recent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa.

Businesses such as Shoprite, MTN and Pepkor Holdings faced looting in some of their premises in Lagos and Lusaka.

The South African embassy in the Nigerian city of Lagos also came under attack, forcing the embassy to shut its doors on Wednesday.

RELATED: Nigerians threaten to close South African companies in Abuja

Bongani Bingwa chats to University of Pretoria political sciences professor Siphamandla Zondi on these recent attacks.

RELATED: WEF says leaders not snubbing the forum because of xenophobic attacks

Zondi says attacks on foreign nationals is a huge setback in South Africa and it will take a lot to recover from it.

What we need is for the president to come out and explain what happened but explain what the government will do about these attacks.

Siphamandla Zondi, Political sciences professor - University of Pretoria

He says South Africa can't afford to jeopardise its relationships with other African countries in the continent.

Listen below to the whole conversation:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
African countries issue travel warnings over xenophobic violence in SA

African countries issue travel warnings over xenophobic violence in SA

Widespread looting of foreign-owned businesses hit areas including Alexandra, the Johannesburg CBD and Kempton Park.

WEF says leaders not snubbing the forum because of xenophobic attacks

WEF says leaders not snubbing the forum because of xenophobic attacks

Communications head Oliver Cann says they knew before Sunday that the presidents of Malawi, Rwanda will not attend the conference.

'Criminal aspect a factor, but there is also resentment towards other Africans'

'Criminal aspect a factor, but there is also resentment towards other Africans'

International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor condemns the recent ongoing xenophobic attacks spreading across the country.

'WEF Africa may force SA government to pay attention to the issue of xenophobia'

'WEF Africa may force SA government to pay attention to the issue of xenophobia'

Business consultancy Africa At Work's chief executive Dianna Games gives her take ahead of this year's forum.

Why our leaders MUST acknowledge xenophobia in South Africa

Why our leaders MUST acknowledge xenophobia in South Africa

Police Minister Bheki Cele claims that xenophobia is being 'used as an excuse' for the current unrest in parts of Gauteng.

WC Education investigating alleged xenophobic attack at Salt River school

WC Education investigating alleged xenophobic attack at Salt River school

Western Cape Education Department director of communications Bronagh Hammond says both students have been asked to stay at home.

Popular articles
Amy'Leigh kidnapping suspect reveals the mastermind

Amy'Leigh kidnapping suspect reveals the mastermind

EWN reporter Kgomotso Modise unpacks the court case at the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates Court.

4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

4 things you should never say if you want to get rich

Don’t ever say or, worse, believe any of these wealth-destroying platitudes, implores personal finance expert Warren Ingram.

Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

Fraudsters are getting professional, scamming consumers with ingenious methods

“It makes all of us a target to fraudsters,” warns Manie van Schalkwyk of the South African Fraud Prevention Service.

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

'We have evidence that the EFF and Julius Malema took bribes for tenders'

Arabile Gumede interviews Stefaans Brummer, a journalist at the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism.

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

[WATCH] 'If this world were mine', grocery store impromptu rendition goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

How to buy a new car even if you don’t really have enough money for it

South Africans are increasingly buying cars they can’t afford using balloon payments, says consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

The recent findings of a private pathologist ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former Bosasa boss.