South African President cancel plans to attend UN general meeting amidst attacks
Amidst xenophobic attacks on foreigners, South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa has canceled his plan to attend the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting, in order to “concentrate on critical” issues at home .
The office of the South African president, on Thursday, September 12 said the country’s minister of international relations and cooperation, Naledi Pandor, had been instructed to lead the South African delegation to attend the meeting scheduled to take place in New York from September 23 – 26, NAN/Xinhua reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Khusela Diko, presidential spokesperson, said the president made the decision to stay back home, in order to attend to the implementation of the government’s measures on gender-based violence.
The spokesperson added that Ramaphosa wanted to witness order and stability being restored in areas affected by public violence, and also oversee initiatives to turn the economy around. The South African president would be meeting communities, civil society and structures of government on concrete actions to address public concerns and challenges.
South Africa currently serves as a non-permanent member in the UN Security Council and Ramaphosa has rarely been absent from General Assembly meetings in previous years.
In recent days, there has been a spike in gender-based violence in the country and at least 12 people have been killed in clashes between locals and foreigners.