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Govt assures safety of Liberians in South Africa

Jos Garneo Cephas/Joseph T.Koon

( 22, 2015) - The Liberian Government says Liberians living in South Africa are safe and secure in the wake of the xenophobic attacks in that country.

Liberia’s Ambassador accredited to South Africa, Lois Brutus, made the confirmation and said: “No Liberian has been victimized as a result of the on-going Xenophobia attacks.”

She said the Liberian mission in South Africa has been in contact with the Liberian community in Durban and other parts of the country.

A Foreign Ministry release quotes the Chairman of Liberian Community in Durban, Mr. Borley Benson, as saying: “All members of the Liberian Community are well and are accounted for.”

Ambassador Brutus’ statement was contained in a dispatch issued Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by the Ministry of Foreign in Monrovia.

During a meeting with the South African Ambassador to Liberia, Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, informed his counterpart of the Liberian Government’s concern about the   attacks.

Minister Ngafuan said: “The xenophobia attack is a troubling sign for African solidarity and considering South Africa’s role on the continent, hoping all would be done to end the situation.”

Earlier, South African Ambassador, Masilo Esau Mabeta, thanked Minister Ngafuan for inviting him and expressed concerns about the safety of Liberians in South Africa.

The South African Envoy assured the Minister Ngafuan that his government will bring the unrest to an end.

“The South African Government does not support such xenophobic attacks; as such action contradicts the principle of the African Union and African solidarity, “Ambassador Mabeta said.

Ambassador Mabeta assured that his government is stepping up efforts to ensure the safety of all Africans living in South Africa including Liberians.


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