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Zille calls for honesty about Africa’s problems

Finance MEC Ivan Meyer says Africa Day is celebrated by all its ambassadors worldwide.

Various activities are being held at Cape Town Artscape Theatre in celebration of Africa Day. Picture: Ilze-Marie Le Roux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says the continent needs to be frank about its problems on Africa Day.

Today commemorates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity.

Delegates from across the continent have today attended celebrations to mark the day at the Artscape Theatre.

In his welcoming speech, Finance MEC Ivan Meyer says Africa Day is celebrated by all its ambassadors worldwide.

"Today we make a global footprint as we celebrate the beauty of Africa."

In her address, Zille says it's time the continent is frank about its problems.

"You will never get economic growth in a context where policies are failing, dictatorships are developing, where there is no rule of law so frankly on our continent it's still the politics."

She says more than ever before Africa has the ability to be the great world player Africans would like it to be.

Meyer added that it's the sense of Ubuntu that sets Africans apart.

Africa Day is celebrated on 25 May to mark the formation of the organisation of African unity in 1963.

He says Africans are known to be caring.

"People living on the African continent, sharing the values of common humanity, so an African is not defined by the virtue of the colour of your skin but by your roots being here on the African continent. All of us living on this continent are Africans."

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