Mr Ace Magashule, the secretary general of the African National Congress denies the existence of xenophobia, and that it is driving the recent unrest in major cities of South Africa. Instead, Mr Magashule, is saying that it is just criminality that has taken over.
"What I know, which is factual, is that our presidents, the presidents of Africa are talking, and they have analysed this correctly. They know what is happening. It is not acts of xenophobia, it's acts of criminality," said Magashule to journalists at the side-lines of the Sasco's election rally. "Criminals are actually seizing the opportunity to do [wrong] ... that's why we say police must act very harshly against criminals,"
Amid all this uprising, South African companies feel the wrath in countries like Nigeria and Zambia. And these companies are being targeted by protesters in those countries.
At the same time, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's government summoned South Africa's envoy on Tuesday and said it would dispatch a delegation to Pretoria to express "deep concern" over attacks on Nigerians.
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