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Attacks racist but have belief in govt: African envoy

delhi Updated: May 30, 2016 09:50 IST

NEW DELHI: Calling as “racist” the recent attacks on Africans, South African envoy Malose William Mogale on Sunday said he had firm belief in the government to deal with such incidents.

“These were racist attacks. Some people might want to tarnish the image of India. They want to portray to the world that there is an emerging trend of racism in the country and that foreigners were not allowed,” he said.

Mogale, acting high commissioner of South Africa here, said these Africans came to help the country in its growth and assist the economy in its leap forward.

“We have firm belief in the capacity of the Indian government to deal with these incidents,” he told Times Now.

The envoy said the attacks came as a surprise “especially given the fact (that) our relations are decades old”.

First Published: May 30, 2016 09:50 IST