Ndebele condemns attacks as African talks open

2008-05-26 00:00

This is the strong message that KwaZulu-Natal Premier S’bu Ndebele sent to international delegates at the official opening of the 10th Annual African Renaissance conference in Durban yesterday.

Hundreds of delegates, mainly academics, intellectuals, business and government leaders — and including an American delegation representing the diaspora from several African countries — will look at ways to consolidate African identity through education, human rights and development.

In his address, Ndebele said that the 21st century will see a significant rise in world domination by African culture, but it could be hindered by failed elections, xenophobia, crime and corruption.

“How do we draw the attention of the world to ourselves? We cannot do so through engaging in violence and violating the human rights of others,” he said.

Ndebele said the government of South Africa has condemned the acts of violence against foreign nationals and that it is not in the character of South Africans to be xenophobic.

Ndebele, who is also the chairman of the African Renaissance, said the majority of South Africans are peace-loving people who always seek peaceful means of resolving their problems.

“It should be borne in mind that SA’s transition to democracy was one of the world’s best testimonies of tolerance and peaceful co-existence,” Ndebele said.

He said SA should not allow criminals to reverse and undermine the historical achievements of the country.

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