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Dlamini-Zuma calls for end to xenophobic violence

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was speaking at the Africa Day pre-celebrations in Pretoria this afternoon.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma takes the podium. Talking about the role other African nations played in her life. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

PRETORIA - African Union (AU) commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the formation of the AU on South African soil should be a reminder of the country's duty to remain united with other African states.

Dlamini-Zuma was speaking at the Africa Day pre-celebrations in Pretoria this afternoon.

She has called for a complete end to violence against foreign nationals in South Africa.

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She reminded hundreds gathered in Pretoria this afternoon that the formation of the AU was to ensure the freedom of colonised African states.

Following government's declaration of May as Africa month, Dlamini-Zuma said South Africans should not be quick to forget the sacrifices made my other nations for the country's own liberation.

At the same time, the Right to Know Campaign is hosting a dialogue by women to discuss challenges the continent faces.

The event, called the Women in Africa Conversation has seen women from South Africa, Congo, Malawi and Burundi come to Community House in Salt River to celebrate Africa Day.

The group of about 50 women say women have a vital part to play on the African continent.

Right to Know Campaign Organiser Carina Conradie says they have gathered today to discuss the challenges Africa faces.

"This includes issues like xenophobia, patriarchy and the way that we can come together to fight those together."

Conradie says today isn't only about the challenges in Africa but also a celebration of what it means to be a woman in Africa.