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PRETORIA, April 24 — President Jacob Zuma will on Friday meet with leaders of organizations representing foreign nationals resident in South Africa at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.
President Zuma will meet with leaders representing foreign nationals from within Africa and also Pakistan and Bangladesh. The meeting, which was postponed from Thursday, forms part of the government’s efforts to deal with the recent spate of attacks on foreigners.
On Wednesday, President Zuma met with business, labour, faith community, and other leaders to discuss the issue.
He later told the media: “We thought it was important that we should all meet because it cannot be the job of the government only to deal with this matter.
“From the government point of view, we have put together certain departments to work on this matter, but we established a committee that is going to take over matters from now when the violent attacks have ended but also to say ‘what do we do to ensure it will never happen again?’ ”
Meanwhile, the Premier of Free State Province, Ace Magashule, has joined President Jacob Zuma and all peace-loving citizens of the country in strongly condemning the senseless and barbaric killing of foreign nationals in the recent xenophobic attacks.
Magashule said it was imperative that such attacks be labelled as nothing more than criminal. He added that despite such attacks, the Free State hosted the “China in South Africa Week” earlier this month as part of the international relations strategy of the provincial government to intensify the investment drive by China and other BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa).