African Union Youth Business Linkages Forum delegates issue statement on Xenophobic attacks in South Africa

A session at inaugural African Union youth business linkages forum held on the 21st of August through the 23rd of August 2014 at Tribes Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

A session at inaugural African Union Youth Business Linkages Forum held on the 21st of August through the 23rd of August 2014 at Tribes Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

WE, the delegates of the inaugural African Union youth business linkages forum upon convening virtually as a Pan African Youth grouping adhere to and attest to the following:

  • In memoriam of the late Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave from Mozambique who was set alight in 2008 in addition to over 50 other killings that same year, all of whom were conducted under a series of xenophobic attacks – strongly condemn the current and most recent wave of xenophobic attacks of 2015 that seem to continue to the extent of targeted foreign nationals in South Africa now needing to protect themselves within a nation whose laws are meant to protect all law abiding citizens, foreign or otherwise.
  • Recognize that the spate of current Xenophobic attacks is now a matter that tears the very fabric of Pan-Africanism and African Unity as it is domiciled within a Nation that is meant to be amongst the continent’s biggest economies.
  • Re-iterate that a rising united Africa will require socio-economic developments that are devoid of incidents such as those that underpin the current Xenophobic attacks in the Republic of South Africa.
  • Call upon and request for vigilance, restraint and unity amongst the rest of the continent’s citizenry against the need to retaliate, notwithstanding the acknowledgement that the contrary is very plausible as this has become a repeat offense from a similar demographic of the few citizens of South Africa who may not know better but still enjoy the freedom to exercise their ill-informed demeanour against hard-working foreigners in South Africa. Yet these foreigners still contribute to the prosperity of their economically adopted land.
  • In the context of such documentation as Africa’s Agenda 2063, being forerun by Africa’s Economic institutions namely the African Development Bank, The African Union Commission and The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, note that continental support from all of Africa’s youth from a common standpoint is required for the realization of Agenda2063 and achievement of its tenets and this support in retrospect will be seen to have been eroded at an exponential rate by the lack of requisite coordinated responses similar to how the pre-cursor Addis Ababa meetings in the 1960s to the setting up of Organisation of African Unity.

We issue this statement without reservation or prejudice as our stand against Xenophobia on this day, 17 April 2015, that has been declared as Black Friday in some circles as we mourn the dearth and death in Continental Patriotism initiated by the Xenophobic attacks or should we call them Aphrophobic attacks in South Africa.

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