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Mozambique’s National Defence and Security Council (CNDS) yesterday recommended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation to follow up on cases of the mass layoffs and xenophobia against Mozambicans in South Africa.
“The CNDS has recommended that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation monitor the real causes of the mass layoff of hundreds of Mozambican workers at a mine in South Africa, as well as demonstrations of a xenophobic nature against national citizens,” a statement from the Presidency of the Republic reads.
The information was released at the end of a CNDS meeting chaired by the Mozambican head of state, Filipe Nyusi, without any further details being appended.
Last week, police in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal reported violent incidents, which “began on Sunday night [March 24] with attacks on foreign citizens’ shops”.
Seven trucks were set ablaze on the N3 motorway between the town of Estcourt and the Mooi River toll in the province.
At the meeting yesterday, the CNDS also congratulated the Mozambican head of state and his executive for their assistance to the people affected by Cyclone Idai and subsequent floods, which caused at least 598 deaths and have affected 1.4 million people in the centre of the country .
This body considers that the “anticipated positioning by the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC)” mitigated the impact of the cyclone.
“The anticipated positioning by the INGC allowed precautionary measures to be taken, thus avoiding an impact of incalculable dimensions, despite the effects of which there is no memory in Mozambican society,” the statement reads.
The CNDS also thanked the international community for it support.
Yesterday’s meeting also encouraged the defence and security forces to continue “to stop the actions of criminals who assault citizens” in the province of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, alluding to the armed attacks that have been taking place there for a year and a half.
Created in July 1996, the National Defence and Security Council is a consultative body of the head of state for matters relating to national sovereignty, territorial integrity, defence and security.Source: Lusa
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