Ramaphosa: The big humiliation I received in Zimbabwe over xenophobia was directed at South Africa not me Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 27, 2021

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday that the humiliation he received during the funeral of former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe was directed at South Africa and not him.

While he was preparing to give his eulogies at the State funeral for Mugabe, Ramaphosa was booed and whistled at by the crowd at a stadium in Harare.

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“They (Zimbabweans) expressed their disappointment and unhappiness. The whole stadium of 40,000 booed me, but their anger was directed at us as South Africans, not me personally,” several reports quoted Ramaphosa as saying on Monday while addressing the Southern African Clothing and Textiles Workers’ Union (SACTU) delegates in Durban.

“It was only when I said I regretted the incidents of violence… that is when the stadium responded to me positively. I also apologized on your behalf…

“My hope is that it sinks into each of us that the world expects us to behave in a certain way. Other African countries play a positive role in building our economy,” Ramaphosa added.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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