Ramaphosa sad­dened by deaths of 64 stow­aways in Mozam­bique

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THE AU has de­scribed the death of 64 mi­grants who had stowed away in a truck in tran­sit from Malawi to Mozam­bique as a dev­as­tat­ing tragedy for the con­ti­nent.

Four­teen mi­grants sur­vived the dis­as­ter in which they were be­ing trans­ported in an air­less shipping con­tainer, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

In his ca­pac­ity as AU chair­per­son, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has ex­pressed his sad­ness fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery of the mi­grants who had stowed away in a truck found by im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties in Mozam­bique on Tuesday.

He said the in­ci­dent served as a re­minder of the con­tin­u­ing toll ex­acted by the move­ment of peo­ple across the con­ti­nent who face grave danger as they un­der­take these jour­neys in which il­licit net­works play a role.

Ramaphosa com­mended Mozam­bi­can

au­thor­i­ties for their vig­i­lance which led to the grim dis­cov­ery.

“The death of a large num­ber of mi­grants re­port­edly in tran­sit from Malawi to Mozam­bique is a dev­as­tat­ing tragedy for our con­ti­nent.

“We must re­dou­ble our ef­forts to se­cure peace, sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment in all parts of our con­ti­nent to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties that will al­low peo­ple to ac­tu­alise their hu­man po­ten­tial wher­ever they are in Africa,” he said.

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