In a video clip posted on Twitter yesterday, Zimbabwe's deputy government spokesperson Energy Mutodi said there was no need for the xenophobic violence as Zimbabwe in 1836 accommodated thousands of South Africans, under the leadership of Mzilikazi, in Zimbabwe's Matebeleland after fleeing from Shaka.
Mutodi said Zimbabwe housed South Africans fleeing the apartheid government. "So, we actually delayed our land reform here to ensure the apartheid regime don't continue with their system. So we have got so many people working in South Africa and we want them to be safe and feel at home because SA is our home."
Kenyan foreign minister Monica Juma said two Kenyans were attacked and their property destroyed. She said that they were closely monitoring the situation.
Several Nigerian reports claimed that its president Muhammadu Buhari had recalled the country's ambassador to SA.
He also sent a special envoy to meet with President Cyril Ramaphosa to get an update on what the country was doing to ensure the safety of Nigerians.
Nigerian federal government spokesperson Ferdinand Nwonye issued a travel advisory for residents in SA. "The government of Nigeria wishes to advise Nigerians to avoid travelling to high risk and volatile areas until the situation is brought under control."
Senator Shehu Sani, a Nigerian Pan Africanist, said on his Twitter account: "If you turn the other cheek repeatedly you will end up with a broken jaw and lose all your teeth." Students protesting in Zambia stormed the SA embassy in Lusaka. Videos showed protestors burning the embassy's signage.