S’African president, Ramaphosa describes killing of Nigerians as ‘upsetting’

South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa Credit: CNN

South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa has described the killing of Nigerians in his country as “upsetting”, stating that the criminal justice system is working on it.

Ramaphosa said this when fielding questions from reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing seventh Tokyo International Conference for Africa Development (TICAD7) in Yokohama, Japan.

He said the trend necessitated the call for a meeting of the leaders of both countries.

He added that the meeting he had with Buhari in Japan provided a good forum for both countries to renew the bond of unity between them.

It would be recall that the presidency had earlier announced that President Muhammadu Buhari would meet with Cyril Ramaphosa in October to discuss issues relating to the well-being of citizens and trade relations between the two largest economies in Africa.

“Well, no, no, we are going to be discussing all that because we have very good relations. We’ll talk about the issue of Nigerians who are dying in South Africa,” he said.

“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’s 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.”

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