MAHIKENG– North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has called on all communities to unite in the fight against xenophobia and intolerance.
Speaking during the Provincial Celebration of Africa Day on Wednesday at Lotlamoreng in Mahikeng, Premier Mahumapelo appealed to communities to unite irrespective of their ethnicities or nationalities instead of attacking one another.
“We must not attack our brothers and sisters from other African countries at any point even when we are unhappy about somethings they may be doing.
“We must at all the times unite and say no to xenophobia,” he emphasized.
Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25 within the African continent to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity which was started on the same day in 1963.
The colourful provincial event was attended by members of the executive council, mayors, senior government officials, traditional leaders, traditional healers, churches, artists and community members.
Representatives from other countries included those from Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Ghana.
Premier Mahumapelo further encouraged communities to visit other African countries and learn about their cultures.
“I encourage you to visit other African countries and when you get there learn their language, eat their food, and dance to their music while at the same time learning their history.
“You will find interesting things about countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia, Morocco, Angola and others,” he said.
Mahumapelo said that even though there were xenophobic attacks in some areas, South Africa is making progress in dealing with xenophobia accordingly.
He said all political leaders in this country irrespective of our differences condemn any act of xenophobic attacks whenever it happens.
When speaking at the event, Professor Leshole Leshole from the University of South Africa called for unity in Africa, saying that Africans must stop fighting one another.
“If there is one thing that must stop in this continent is the violence and the hatred for one another. We are one continent and it is important to unite and start behaving like one.
“South Africa must continue to promote peace and unity in this continent,” he said.
Chairperson of the North West House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Madoda Zibi said the pride of Africans must be preserved.
“We must at all the time promote our values, culture and traditions as African people,” Zibi said.