“A challenge was thrown back at them to play their part in addressing the big challenge of international migration.
He called on countries to create a conducive environment that will not force citizens to leave their countries in droves and only react when there is a problem in the receiving country.
The official said xenophobia was a general problem not only South Africa but in the UK, US and other countries where foreign nationals reside. Monyela stated that there was engagements with Nigerian envoy sent by President Buhari to South Africa with a view to ensuring that diplomatic ties between both countries remain intact.
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has also dispatched three special envoys to seven African countries to deliver messages of pan-African unity and solidarity following xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The special envoys will deliver a message from Ramaphosa regarding the incidents of violence that recently erupted in some parts of South Africa, which have manifested in attacks on foreign nationals and destruction of property, presidential spokesperson, Khusela Diko, said.