Xenophobia won't deter hopes of Pan Africanism

Some Africans around the continent say Pan-Africanism can exist, despite incidents of xenophobia in SA.

Thousands join the peace march in Durban on 16 April 2015. Police keeping close watch at the hotspots. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While South Africans continue to unite against xenophobia, other Africans are also adding their voice to the notion that despite what's happened, Pan-Africanism is something that can still exist one day.

Xenophobic tensions which started in KwaZulu-Natal last month spilled over into various areas in Gauteng including Alexandra recently.

Seven people including a 14-year-old South African boy have now been killed in the latest flare-up of xenophobic violence.

In the latest incident, Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole was stabbed and later died.

His ordeal was captured by a Sunday Times photojournalist at the weekend.

Eyewitness News spoke to people from across the continent to hear their views and opinions.

Many of those who work in development on the continent have travelled to different countries, getting to know their politics, people and places.

Japheth Omojuwa, a Nigerian brand ambassador and social commentator, says the attacks in South Africa have repercussions for the entire continent.

He however remains positive.

"I'd like to credit all the Africans who have not shown any reprisal attacks in their own countries. I'd like to say that's the right thing to do because two wrongs don't make a right. I think we all can matter, be better people by understanding that at the end of the day, we're all one."


Chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has called on the South African government to do more to protect foreign nationals after three weeks of xenophobic violence.

Dlamini-Zuma has described the xenophobic violence as a tragedy.

"South Africa, since time and memorial, has been a diverse country. It welcomed to its shores Africans and people from all over the world. It shall remain diverse. This diversity is its biggest strength."

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