S. African president denounces latest public violence
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, right, addresses protesters against gender-based violence outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. [Photo: AP]
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday said he "condemned in the strongest terms" the violence that erupted in Johannesburg on Sunday which claimed two lives, saying it was a "crime against our prosperity".
Two people were killed on Sunday after being shot and stabbed by a group of armed hostel dwellers in Johannesburg Central Business District.
Speaking on the issue, Ramaphosa called on law enforcement agencies to be firm against individuals taking the law into their own hands.
"Government will not allow sporadic lawlessness and violence to disrupt the safety and livelihoods of millions of South Africans and the majority of foreign nationals in our country who are law-abiding and have the right to conduct their lives and businesses in peace," he said in a statement.
Ramaphosa said the violence negatively impacted the country's economy.
"Lawlessness, injury, and death inflict a great psychological and economic cost that lasts long after victims are buried, arrests are made and streets are cleared. This cost holds back our country and undermines all the efforts we are making to grow a South Africa that offers opportunity to all who live in it," he added.
Besides, twelve people were killed during the recent breakout of xenophobic violence.