He reminded South Africans that the people they were treating with such cruelty were the same people who were once comrades in arms in fighting against the brutal Apartheid regime, which finally collapsed in 1994.
Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the heinous act of violence and looting of properties perpetrated against foreigners including Ethiopians living in South Africa.
"Our acting head of mission is in constant communication with the department and with the authorities in Nigeria, who are providing extra security at South African offices". To those who are sorely tempted to respond to these latest incidents with violence on our streets and destruction in our communities, I call on you to resist all such temptation.
But is it part of a continuum?
South Africa is one of the few countries in the world to have diverse society and is home to many immigrants.
Nigeria, the source of numerous workers in South Africa, has stepped up security after apparent reprisal attacks, while violence also flared in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday.
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In neighbouring eSwatini, the National Agricultural Marketing Board said trucks that normally carry farm produce south across the border were standing idle after advice from Pretoria counterparts that it was not safe to travel.
Other African nations have appealed for calm, urging their nationals in South Africa to exercise caution.
He said: "Once again we receive reports of the authorities doing very little to protect the victims".
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He said his grandson was killed during looting in August previous year and his nephew was killed after being robbed just weeks before we spoke to him.
God bless you all, and God bless the people and government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
That casual xenophobia crosses racial lines and income brackets. Among those countries that pulled out of the all important weeklong meeting were Nigeria, Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Malawi. According to Nigerian officials, the riots targeted "Nigerian shops and premises" in South Africa.
Two days of protests outside parliament that coincided with the World Economic Forum is what it took for President Cyril Ramaphosa to reaffirm government's commitment to bolstering the fight against gender-based violence and femicide in the country.
It is extremely disappointing that South Africa ruled out payment of compensation to Nigerians affected by recent xenophobic attacks and Nigeria must mobilize effective sanctions, constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Mr. Inibehe Effiong has said.
All the murders happened in August as South Africans celebrated the Women's Month dedicated to the protection of women.
"The best protection is to teach nonviolence and respect for women", only then can we create a safer society for marginalised identities, so that they don't have to protect themselves in the first place. Now, they seem to have had enough. We are all the same whether Nigeria or South Africa.
In his poetic terms, sometimes treated cynically in today's South Africa, Mbeki's speech was aimed at bringing together a fractured nation.
Despite tremendous effort to combat xenophobic act in South Africa, there seems to be no sign of it stopping soon. "The more we propagate our cultural ties across the continent, the more we will see and recognise that we belong to one big family", he said.
The beacon of South Africa has faded - and much needs to be done to fix those bonds.