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Zim To SA Ambassador heckled at Elvis Nyathi memorial

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, David Hamadziripi, was on Thursday booed when he attempted to make remarks at a memorial service of Elvis Nyathi, who was killed by a vigilante group in the country’s Diepsloot township last week.

Hamadziripi had to leave the hall in Johannesburg as some Zimbabweans attending the event heckled him, claiming that his government is to blame for Nyathi’s death.

The irate Zimbabweans said President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government forced them to leave the country to seek work in South Africa earning meager wages far below the breadline.

Speaking soon after the event, Hamadziripi said, “In situations like this there would always be comments that are made … The government of Zimbabwe is doing all it can. It’s engaging the South African government in order to secure the safety of our nationals in this country.”

Nyathi worked in the Johannesburg metropolitan region as a domestic wor

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Peter Moshosho, a South African citizen and chairperson of Africa Simunye, and a colleague attending Elvis Nyathi’s memorial service
Peter Moshosho, a South African citizen and chairperson of Africa Simunye, apologized on behalf of locals for the brutal death of the Zimbabweans.

“Generally, I would like to apologize to Zimbabweans because we are not expecting as South Africans that thugs in South Africa can kill our fellow black brother in South Africa. So, that’s why I’m saying we really apologize for that. I’m a Zimbabwean, I’m a South African, I’m a Mozambican, I’m Sotho, I’m a Nigerian. Africa must be one and we want one currency.”

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently condemned Nyathi’s killing saying it was unAfrican.

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africans should fight crime in their country instead of attacking immigrants.

In a statement, Ramaphosa reminded locals that the country’s constitution promotes democratic values, social justice and human rights.


Some of the people who attended Elvis Nyathi’s memorial service in Johannesburg on

He said, “When our forebears drafted the Freedom Charter in 1955, whose principles have been incorporated in our constitution, and declared that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, they were seeking a society free from ethnic chauvinism, tribalism, racism and sexism. It is therefore deeply disturbing how the recent incidents of anti-foreigner sentiment in parts of the country echo our apartheid past.

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