Ramaphosa condemns attacks on foreign nationals

He condemned those who attacked foreign nationals, saying they'd face full might of the law.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday condemned those who attacked foreign nationals, saying they needed to be aware of the fact that they would face the full might of the law.

Ramaphosa was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces.

He said attacks against foreign nationals were a matter of great concern to government and to all South Africans who embraced the values of the constitution.

"Security services will continue to monitor areas that have been affected by the violent attacks."

In January, there was widespread looting of foreign owned shops in Soweto.

The unrest was caused by the death of 14-year-old Siphiwe Mahori, allegedly by a foreign shop owner in Doornkop, who had accused him of attempted robbery.

The looting and violence spread beyond parts of Soweto and claimed at least six lives, including that of a baby.