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Ramaphosa: stop violence against foreign nationals

Cyril Ramaphosa made another appeal to South Africans to desist from violence against foreign nationals. He also addressed the SA's ICC exit.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

PARLIAMENT - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has made another appeal to South Africans to desist from violence against foreign nationals.

Answering a question in the National Council of Provinces on Wednesday afternoon, Ramaphosa says government is aware of concern over criminality, but adds it is not a reason for citizens to lash out against foreign nationals.

Ramaphosa says government is studying migration patterns to South Africa and reviewing its immigration policy.

But he says he cannot agree with a call made by the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday that a wall be built between the province and Mozambique.

“We’re a national that does not build walls and that defines who we are. We’re South Africans and we do not subscribe to the building of walls. South Africa is an open country and when people come to our country we must deal with them with dignity and respect.”

ICC EXIT

Ramaphosa says South Africa’s decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) opens up the debate as to whether Africa should be strengthening its own structures to deal with the continent’s problems.

Government's decision to withdraw from the ICC was based on a critique of the way it operates, rather than a rejection of its underlying values, Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa says a Cabinet is determining how to deal with the matter, after government was forced to retract its notice to withdraw after the Gauteng High Court found the decision to be invalid and unconstitutional.

“What happened in the past was not wilfully done. It was not meant to side-step any process. It was a mere interpretation of our Constitution, which the court has said should’ve been looked at differently.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)