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African Countries Fail to Attend WEF, DIRCO Says Xenophobia is not the Reason

African Countries Fail to Attend WEF, DIRCO Says Xenophobia is not the Reason

Doris Ukaonu
South Africa President, Cyril Ramaphosa

Following the report that the xenophobic attack which occurred in South Africa over the weekend triggered some African countries withdrawal of their attendance of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO), has refuted the reports, tagging it a ‘Rumour’.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which took place yesterday (September 4) in Cape Town, South Africa was reported to have some African countries, not in attendance.

According to the reports, Malawi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) withdrew from the gathering because of the xenophobic attack.

At the WEF gathering, the spokesperson of DIRCO, Lunga Ngqengelele, said that the reports were false, adding that the xenophobic attacks were not the reason the countries withdrew from the WEF.

“We are refuting these allegations. We knew that Rwanda was not coming. In their correspondence, they did not mention xenophobic attacks as the reason for not coming.

“There was never any indication from the DRC that they were coming,” Ngqengelele said.

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Also, he mentioned that Malawi had attested that they will be in attendance, “We have not received any correspondence from them that they are no longer coming”. He added.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday (September 4), the Botswana government issued an advisory, cautioning all Botswana travelling to SA.

“The ministry further cautions Batswana residing in SA to also avoid areas where unrests are currently occurring and encourages them to remain vigilant at all times,” the statement reads.

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