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Makhura: Africa must unite and reject xenophobia

Premier David Makhura, Gauteng MECs and the African Diaspora Forum are celebrating Africa Day in Yeoville.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura during Africa Day celebrations in Yeoville, Johannesburg on 25 May 2016. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the government is working to simplify its systems to help migrants moving to or living in South Africa.

Makhura, Gauteng MECs and the African Diaspora Forum are celebrating Africa Day in Yeoville.



They walked in the Johannesburg CBD, interacting with people before the official proceedings began at the Yeoville Recreation Centre.



The day of festivities has seen many dressed in their traditional African outfits attending celebrations.

The Gauteng premier says Africa needs to unite and Africans should continue to reject xenophobia.

He says, at a meeting involving him and the African diaspora two weeks ago, members expressed their concerns with the home affairs department.

"Those whose documents have to be renewed are referred back to the Home Affairs offices, and there they get sent back and forth."

He says he is aware that African nationals are often intimidated by law enforcement authorities and this needs to stop.

Makhura says he has relayed the concerns to President Jacob Zuma.

AFRICANS MUST INVEST IN AFRICA

He adds the continent should not only rely on foreign direct investment and Africans should begin investing in Africa.

Makhura says South Africans should welcome fellow Africans and refrain from xenophobic behaviour.

People from all over the continent arrived dressed in their finest traditional clothing.

Fashion designer from Benin, Nicole Chahounka says, "My main objective is to let people know that African print - my grandmother used to wear them, but today I can wear them in a modern way."



At the same time, the premier has called on Africa to grow its own economy.

"We must rely on the capabilities of the Africans, to move the economy forward."

There's entertainment for everyone with fashion shows, dancers and singers.

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