Herman Mashaba, Mayor of Johannesburg , has said that it was not necessary for South Africa to apologize to Nigeria for xenophobic attacks.
He made this known in reaction to the envoy sent to Nigeria with a letter of apology from President Cyril Ramaphosa.
“No, there is nothing for me to apologise about,” Mashaba said on CNBC Africa’s Political Capital on Tuesday. “What do you expect me to really apologise for?”
“We are not going to turn a blind eye on such evil crime happening under our watch,” Mashaba said, adding that “the country [South Africa] also owes an official apology to the 10.2 million unemployed South Africans who are today without jobs as a result of billions of counterfeit goods being brought illegally into the country, killing local manufacturing”, he said.