SOUTH Africa has finally decided to reach out to Nigeria and other countries worse-hit by xenophobic attacks in its territory.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has despatched his envoy to Abuja to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari to explain his country’s commitment to “Pan African unity and solidarity”.
He would also speak on steps taken to end the attacks on foreigners and to bring perpetrators to account.
The attacks and killings have strained the relationship between the two countries.
President Buhari sent a special envoy to express the Federal Government’s displeasure.
Also at the weekend, Zimbabweans booed President Ramaphosa during the funeral of former President Robert Mugabe.
On Sunday, President Ramaphosa’s spokesman Khusela Diko said three envoys would visit Nigeria and six other countries.
He added that the envoys would deliver the president’s message regarding the attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property.
They will also reassure fellow African countries that South Africa is committed to the ideals of pan-African unity and solidarity.
They will brief the governments about steps being taken by South Africa to halt the attacks and to bring the perpetrators to book.
Nigerian citizens are fleeing South Africa following the wave of deadly xenophobic attacks.