Government assures safety of trucks traversing Zambia and South Africa

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

Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Stephen Kampyongo said Government has ensured that the continued bilateral relationship between Zambia and South African will help curtail the acts of violence targeted at foreign nationals and their property witnessed recently.

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

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

He said in their 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 SADC region.

Meanwhile, Hon Kampyongo stated that Zambia had acknowledged 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 has accepted the public apology rendered during the funeral of ex President, Robert Mugabe in Harare, Zimbabwe.

He said Zambia would also welcome the special envoys that Prwsident Ramaphosa would send to meet His Excellency, Presisent 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 to attend 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.

This is contained in a statement issued by Zambia Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia First Secretary-Press& Tourism Inutu Mwanza.

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