South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said that it was deeply disturbing how recent incidents of anti-foreigner sentiment echoed the country’s apartheid past. Eye Witness News reports that Ramaphosa acknowledged that migration posed a risk to South Africa’s security, stability and economic progress and that illegal migration affected service delivery by placing an additional burden on essential services. He also acknowledged that many communities were frustrated by the apparent inability of the police to deal with criminals but stressed that it was government’s responsibility to control migration at the borders and that it was not helping when citizens took the law into their own hands.
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