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Ramaphosa slams ‘fake news’, as he reveals plans to stop xenophobic attacks

PRETORIA South Africa, President Ramaphosa met with his Nigerian counterpart last week, battling a frosty atmosphere caused by last month’s xenophobia-fuelled protests.

Today President Cyril Ramaphosa has penned his latest weekly address to the nation, where he has chosen to focus on the bilateral meeting held between South Africa and Nigeria last week. President Buhari visited Mzansi just a month after xenophobia-fuelled riots affected hundreds of Nigerians in Gauteng.

Ramaphosa talks trade, xenophobia and friendship.

According to Cyril, the atmosphere was “far from tense”, after diplomatic relations turned positively frosty in September. However, Buhari’s decision to show up in South Africa plotted a path for our redemption on the continent. Their meeting also turned its attention to fixing the problems which sparked the violence.

OgeneAfrican reports Ramaphosa has confirmed that an “early warning mechanism” is now in place for both countries, which share breaking alerts between each intelligence service. Should either country have concerns about a new tide of xenophobic protests, they can exchange ideas and discuss the best way to proceed.

President rallies against ‘fake news’
While on the theme of co-operation, Cyril Ramaphosa also took a side-swipe at the “misinformation” that did the rounds on social media. Tensions were fuelled by graphic videos and photos, which claimed to show South Africans brutally attacking foreigners. However, many of these posts proved to be ‘fake news’:

Ramaphosa slams ‘fake news’, as he reveals plans to stop xenophobic attacks President Ramaphosa met with his Nigerian counterpart last week, battling a frosty atmosphere caused by last month’s xenophobia-fuelled protests.

Ramaphosa has confirmed that an “early warning mechanism” is now in place for both countries, which share breaking alerts between each intelligence service. Should either country have concerns about a new tide of xenophobic protests, they can exchange ideas and discuss the best way to proceed.

President rallies against ‘fake news’
While on the theme of co-operation, Cyril Ramaphosa also took a side-swipe at the “misinformation” that did the rounds on social media. Tensions were fuelled by graphic videos and photos, which claimed to show South Africans brutally attacking foreigners. However, many of these posts proved to be ‘fake news’:

“Fueled by misinformation spread on social media, the xenophobia-driven attacks provoked much anger in different parts of the continent leading to threats against South African businesses and diplomatic missions.

We were both clear in our condemnation of attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa, as well as reprisal actions against South African interests in Nigeria.”

“We emphasised the need for South Africans in Nigeria and Nigerians in South Africa to respect and obey the laws of their host countries. Importantly, we agreed to set up an ‘early warning mechanism’ through which our two countries can share information, coordinate efforts and act to prevent any recurrence.”

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