JOHANNESBURG - Standard Bank in South Africa on Wednesday offered its "deepest sympathy to all who have suffered and lost" lives and property in xenophobic attacks in different parts of the country.
"Over the last few days, South Africa has been deeply saddened by a wave of violence against our fellow Africans," said Sim Tshabalala, Standard Bank Group CEO.
"We stand ashamed before our African brothers and sisters and before the world. On behalf of all of us at the Standard Bank Group, I offer our deepest sympathy to all who have suffered and lost."
South Africa has been experiencing a wave of violence that includes burning and looting of shops thought to be owned by foreign nationals. Foreign registered laden haulage trucks have also been set alight.
The sporadic attacks began on Sunday night in Jeppe, Johannesburg, and were soon replicated in other parts of Gauteng. Shops in down town Johannesburg, Pretoria and Tembisa were looted. And some buildings were set on fire.