Ramaphosa saddened by deaths of 64 stowaways in Mozambique
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.