President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a public meeting in Cape Town. RODGER BOSCH / AFP
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday condemned attacks on foreign-owned shops that have left three people dead and led hundreds of Malawians to flee their homes.
A statement from his office said he “condemned violence against foreign nationals in South Africa” and called on police to identify those responsibly and bring them to justice.
“African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit,” Ramaphosa added.
“We will not allow criminals to set back these processes.”
On Monday, Foreign Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Police Minister Bheki Cele held talks with diplomats of African countries to discuss last week’s violence.
Three people died last on Monday last week when protests targetting foreign-owned shops in the southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province degenerated.
Police said the owner of one shop attacked and looted by a mob opened fire, killing two people. A third person, a woman, died after she fell off a roof while fleeing protesters.