On Friday, local and international media camped at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria as the representatives were ushered into one of the rooms.
Ladislas Agbesi, chairman of the Pan African Business Forum said the meeting was critical in forging peace and harmony between South Africans and African immigrants.
“Currently Africa has a breed of leaders to lead this continent. We cannot always look back at the Kwameh Nkrumah and Patrice Lumumba. This is a new era.”
“What is important is for us to share peace and reconciliation. The steps taken by President Zuma this morning are very import. We don’t believe that there can be xenophobia in this country,” said Agbesi as he arrived for the meeting.
“The meeting is part of building partnerships with stakeholders in the country to ensure that the shameful attacks on foreign nationals do not recur in the country,” according to the statement.
On Wednesday, Zuma hosted a meeting with representatives of business, labour and religious organisations.
After the meeting, Zuma told reporters that a task team had been formed to coordinate efforts to combat the xenophobic violence which has resulted in hundreds of immigrants fleeing back to their home countries.