My brothers and sisters I was shocked and terrified to see the heinous and horrific incidences in South Africa where blacks are rising against blacks. I never imagined I would see such days in my life.

I wish to urge the South African leadership to reflect and think soberly and stop this inhuman and barbaric attacks on their fellow brothers and sisters.

Our brothers in South Africa should remember that these same people they are treating with such cruelty are the same people who were comrades in arms in fighting the brutal apartheid regime. It was not an easy road in fighting the brutal and sophisticated regime. It called for concerted efforts from all corners of Africa in particular and world in general.

How are we going to achieve our goal of uniting Africa if we continue alienating ourselves in such a way. We must all stand up and fight this mushrooming evil called xenophobia! Xenophobia is not in our African Culture!

I wish to urge the Leadership, not only in South Africa but in Africa as a continent, to not only stop these barbaric attacks but also come up with deliberate programs to inculcate a sense of Ubuntu in our citizenry.

I also urge regional bodies such as SADC and AU to take keen interest in resolving this issue which is now getting out of hand and am stressing not only in South Africa but Africa as a continent.

They must develop educational programs which will ensure that the new generation of African citizens do not forget where they are coming from and the responsibilities they have towards fellow human beings in the common struggle for total emancipation especially from poverty.

We must always remember that our guiding principle and philosophy, just as our Lord Jesus Christ put it, is to love our God and then love our neighbours as we love ourselves.

Africa is our own motherland, Fashion’d with and blessed by God’s good hand,
Let us all our people join as one,
Brothers under the sun.
All one, strong and free.

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