Africans urged to unite

2015-05-28 06:00
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

Sobantu community members with members of KZNCC and foreign nationals during the Africa Day concert at Mfenendala community hall on Monday.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese Sobantu community members with members of KZNCC and foreign nationals during the Africa Day concert at Mfenendala community hall on Monday.

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IN an attempt to encourage unity among African people, Sisters of Faith In Action (Sofia) under the KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC), on Monday hosted an Africa Day concert at the Mfenendala community hall in Sobantu.

Event co-ordinator, Nomusa Shabalala, said they chose Sobantu because there are so many people from the area who went into exile, while fighting for political freedom.

“Our brothers and sisters went into exile, but were never mistreated. We are concerned about the xenophobic and Afrophobic attacks that have been taking place recently.

“Through the concert, we want to remind people what it means to be African and to encourage them to love and respect one another. This township is known for playing a huge role towards the country’s liberation, and it would have not been possible if our freedom fighters had not gone into exile­.

“People need to be reminded about the negative impact of stigmatising foreign nationals. This was an initiative from a women’s organisation because we believe that as women we should be at the forefront of anything that contributes towards societal change, so we invited foreign national from Somalia, Ethopia, Burundi, Congo and Zimbabwe to be part of the celebration. If we show our children the importance of loving one another irrespective of nationality, our children will also follow suit.” Speaking at the concert, Loise Moyo said: “When we celebrate being African, we celebrate it without looking at nationality. We need to remind each other of what Africa is and acknowledge the fact that we all belong to Africa. “We are one continent that was created in the image of God. We need to go back to the drawing board and ask ourselves where we went wrong. We need to retrieve the oneness among us and we need to make deliberate efforts to work together.”

Food parcels and cosmetic hampers were distributed to needy community members by the Gift of the Givers­ Foundation

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