PRETORIA - International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor on Monday held a closed door meeting with ambassadors and high commissioners, mainly from African countries, in the wake of rampant attacks and looting of businesses owned by African immigrants in South Africa.
"We thought it necessary for us to meet all the ambassadors of countries that have representation in South Africa, in order to have a discussion on the recent events of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa.
"[The meeting was for] both to reassure them that the government is taking all the measures that it can in order to ensure that we return stability and calm to our country, and also to discuss with them steps that we need to take in order to proactively prevent such occurrences in future," Pandor told journalists as she emerged from the meeting in Pretoria.
"We felt it vital that we create a platform and basis for our ongoing collaboration between ourselves and the embassies because they best know their nationals who are in South Africa, and can therefore assist us in reaching out to them and building what I've called bridges."
Violence flared up again in Johannesburg on Sunday and the South African Police Service quickly cautioned church-goers, shoppers and commuters to stay away from the area around the MTN taxi rank and Johannesburg CBD following the latest incidents of attacks on businesses.