RSA xenophobia: Nigeria recalling ambassador not the answer

Genuine independence for any country means being in control of one’s destiny without an anxious dependence on other countries. Sadly, the ‘independent’ Africa today sees itself increasingly dependent on other regions for support to keep itself barely on its knees always staring at the prospect of lying flat on its belly. These are worrying times of widening social, economic and human rights disparities across the continent and between Africa and Europe.

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President Zuma’s Freedom Day Speech and the controversy

Jacob Zuma’s Freedom Day speech on 27th April 2015 coming just over a week after violent xenophobic attacks in parts of Durban and Gauteng provinces has triggered a heated debate among the large online African community on social networks as well as in some capitals in the continent.

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Africa paying a blind eye to xenophobia

If there is anything that Africa should learn from the latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa, it is that the continent has yet to command its independence and seriously address tribal prejudice and stereotypes. Governments continue to show little or no interest in respecting people and dealing with simmering internal social injustices.

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The 2014 EU – Africa summit boycotts

The EU – Africa summit has come and gone and is most likely forgotten of already. We can now review the Robert Mugabe boycott, the Jacob Zuma calculated withdrawal, and the invitation of Egypt (a country not currently a member of the AU) to the meeting and the real beneficiaries of the meeting.

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Africa’s failing politics

African states have secured ‘independence’ but have yet to achieve internal stability due to the failure to organise internal peace. No one can conceivably deny that post-colonial Africa’s internal systems have largely failed to address serious matters of socio-political inequality and the instability that it brings. Diffusion of power has yet to be genuinely placed on the agenda across the continent; the continental international bodies are essentially social clubs that massage the egos of the leadership. Protecting civil liberties is never a serious agenda.

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African governments must stop their complicity in ethnic conflicts

African leadership continues to pursue a delusional values based political project that deliberately and selectively exploits perceived differences between human beings simply on the basis of ethnicity. Africa must stop educating its young people to be proud of tribal labels more than they pride themselves in being humans. Ideas, and not ethnicity, should be the centre around which African interpretations of individual worth evolve.

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The challenge for African multinational states

It is ironic that the so-called modern and independent African states suffer intolerable levels of internal violence and injustice compared to the pre-colonial traditional nations. The modern African state boundaries were determined by Western economic and political interests and these never recognised African people’s interests.

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