Zuma: Emmanuel Sithole used a false name
President Zuma said the Mozambican had used a false name because he was an illegal immigrant.
PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Monday said the Mozambican man who was killed in Alexandra two weeks ago was an illegal immigrant using a false name.
Media reports identified the man as Emmanuel Sithole after he was brutally attacked during xenophobic violence in the township a little over a week ago.
Zuma was speaking at a Freedom Day event in Pretoria earlier.
During his speech, Zuma said Sithole had used a false name to avoid detection because he was an illegal immigrant.
"Emmanuel Josias, who was identified by the media as Emmanuel Sithole, he was killed during a callous robbery in Alexandra township."
Meanwhile, Josias's family says preparations to have his body returned to Mozambique are underway and a memorial service will be held in Johannesburg this Wednesday.