The South African Tourism has condemned the violent protests against foreign nationals in the country.
In a statement released on Thursday, SA Tourism says the South African government has put security measures in place to tackle the violence with a total of 108 arrests made in relation to the attacks.
The statement also assured everyone that South Africa is always open for business and visitors.
Read the full statement below
SA Tourism Statement on Violent Protests
Following violent protests in certain parts of the country over the last two days, South African Tourism, is aware and concerned around the damage that this is causing the country from a reputation perspective and the possible impact it may have on international visitor arrival.
Our government is taking the matter very seriously and have put security plans in place to address the situation.
Various arrests have been made in the Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng Provinces.
The South African Government’s message is strong and clear around relations with nations from the African continent:
South Africa as an integral part of the African continent advocates for a peaceful, vibrant and sustainable Africa
As Africans we all have a shared commitment to foster peace and greater continental unity We should never forget that our fellow Africans have contributed to developing our
economy and that of the region Similarly, South Africans are helping to develop economies across the continent We have historically shared resources within the SADC region, and continue to do so.
The region’s economies are interlinked and we will continue to work together for increased
trade and investment that benefits everyone. African development depends on the increased movement trade and investment that benefits everyone.
African development depends on the increased movement of people, goods and services between different countries for all of us to benefit.
Around the issue of violent protest, the South African government has also strongly condemned the acts of violence
The South African Police Service, supported by other agencies, are tackling crime, lawlessness, intolerance and disregard for the rule of law
The SAPS has moved quickly to address the situation and made a number of arrests
Both in Gauteng and in KwaZulu-Natal At least 98 people have been arrested for violence and looting in Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) In KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) at least 20 individuals have been arrested “in connection with incidents related to protests within the trucking industry
South Africa remains open for business and visitors.