Government has assured truck drivers traversing between Zambia and South Africa of safety and that their concerns were had been attended to by both governments.

Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Stephen Kampyongo said Government had ensured that the continued bilateral relationship between Zambia and South Africa would help curtail the acts of violence targeted at foreign  nationals.

He said the South African government had given assurances that the trucks would travel without hindrances or threats.

He said the recent reported case where four trucks were robbed was being investigated and could be a mere act of criminality separate from the matters that the two governments had been dealing with.

He said in the bilateral engagements, the South Africa Government had assured the safety of Zambian truck drivers because of the understanding that South African drivers too needed protection as they traversed through the Southern Africa Development Community region.

Meanwhile, Hon Kampyongo stated that Zambia had welcomed the apology rendered and regret expressed by His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa on the attacks on foreign nationals.

He said Zambia had accepted the public apology rendered during the funeral of ex President, Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Home Affairs Minister said Zambia would also welcome the special envoys that President Ramaphosa would send to meet His Excellency, President Edgar Lungu or government officials, on the same matter.

Mr. Kampyongo said this in Addis Ababa when traveled to Egypt enroute Ethiopia.

He is in Egypt attending a Pan-African Forum on Migration being held in Cairo.

He said the forum was important as it would address the myths that surrounded migration that in turn led to challenges such as xenophobic attacks.

The Minister further said Zambia had performed well in embracing migration through mechanisms such as integrating foreign Nations in communities.



Tapela Lungu

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