SOUTH AFRICA PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA SPEAKS WITH FORMER NIGERIAN PRESIDENT OBASANJO ABOUT XENOPHOBIC VIOLENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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[Africa News\South Africa]
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received former President Olusegun Obasanjo of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a courtesy call yesterday, Thursday 26 September 2019--during which they spoke about the xenophobic violence, against African immigrants, that have been occurring inside South Africa.
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South African President Ramaphosa spoke with former Nigerian President Obasanjo, above, about his new book and xenophobic violence in South Africa.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received former President Olusegun Obasanjo of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a courtesy call yesterday, Thursday 26 September 2019--during which they spoke about the xenophobic violence, against African immigrants, that have been occurring inside South Africa.

After a successful launch of the book, “Democracy Works: Rewiring Politics to Africa's Advantage”, President Obasanjo, who is a co-author of the book, presented a copy to President Ramaphosa.

The book is authored by Greg Mills of the Brenthurst Foundation in South Africa; President Obasanjo; Jeffrey Herbst, a celebrated Africanist, and Tendai Biti, former Finance Minister of Zimbabwe. President Ramaphosa thanked the former President for working hard and still having the energy to write and contribute to current debates about the development of Africa.

The two leaders also used the opportunity to reflect on recent events in South Africa. In the meeting, the leaders talked about the violent situation in South Africa that gave the impression that Nigerian nationals in particular had been victimized. President Ramaphosa told Mr. Obasanjo that no loss of life was reported among Nigerian nationals in South Africa during this period.

Former President Obasanjo expressed his sincere appreciation of President Ramaphosa’s recent appointment of a team of Special Envoys who have in the past few days visited a number of fellow African states to deliver a message from the President regarding the incidents of xenophobic violence.

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