Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba said there’s nothing for him to apologise about concerning the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.
Mashaba stated this while reacting to the letter of apology from President Cyril Ramaphosa to Nigerian government.
Mashaba, who was a guest on CNBC Africa’s Political Capital on Tuesday September 17, said he doesn’t see the xenophobic attack as an “incident” as it was bound to happen.
He said “No, there is nothing for me to apologise about,” “What do you expect me to really apologise for?
“We are not going to turn a blind eye on such evil crime happening under our watch,” Mashaba said, adding that “the country [South Africa] also owes an official apology to the 10.2 million unemployed South Africans who are today without jobs as a result of billions of counterfeit goods being brought illegally into the country, killing local manufacturing.”
Recall that President Ramaphosa sent a special envoy led by Jeff Radebe to Nigerian government to apologise for the burning and looting of Nigerian businesses in the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
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