The Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba has stated that there was no need for South Africa to apologize to Nigeria over the xenophobic attacks suffered by Nigerians in their country.
He said: “No, there is nothing for me to apologise about,” Mashaba said on CNBC Africa’s Political Capital on Tuesday.
“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.”
This is coming few days after a South African envoy arrived in Abuja with a letter of apology from President Cyril Ramaphosa to President Muhammadu Buhari over the attacks suffered by Nigerians.