Dlamini-Zuma speaks ahead of Africa Day

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says South Africans need to remember and understand that they too are African.

Chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says South Africans need to remember and understand that they too are African.

The African Union Commission chairperson was speaking ahead of Africa Day on Monday.

She says it's high time the underlying issues of xenophobic attacks are dealt with and problems with integration are resolved.

In April, immigrants in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng came under attack from some locals forcing many to take shelter in temporary camps.

Hundreds opted to be repatriated back to their home countries.

At least seven people died during the xenophobic violence.

The army was deployed to hotspots around Gauteng to quell the violence.

Dlamini-Zuma says hearing of the attacks was the worst news she's received since she left the country for Addis Abba.

"Because South Africa was isolated from the rest of Africa due to apartheid for so long, we almost lost the fact and understanding that we are part and parcel of this continent."