President Cyril Ramaphosa has dismissed claims that South Africans are xenophobic. He was speaking at a memorial lecture of the late former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

The President also explained why he felt it was necessary for him to apologise following the outbreak of violence between foreign nationals and South Africans.

Ramaphosa also announced the planned visit by former presidents of Tanzania and Mozambique with a view to determine the root causes of clashes between locals and foreign nationals are.

The President used the platform to assure South Africans that he is aware of challenges facing the nation including unemployment and the lack of economic opportunities.

He says government is committed to addressing concerns, including a call for foreign nationals who come to South African to do so legally with proper documentation.

Watch the memorial lecture below: