Women’s league celebrates Africa Day

2015-05-29 06:00
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Foreign nationals with the ANC Womenand#039;s League at Africa Day celebrations.

Photo: ntuntu dweba Foreign nationals with the ANC Womenand#039;s League at Africa Day celebrations.

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FOREIGN nationals in Kokstad poured their hearts out to ANC Womenand#039;s League members when the league extended a hand of friendship to them in Kokstad in celebration of Africa Day on Monday.

Foreign nationals from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Malawi gathered at the park in the Kokstad CBD to listen to leagueand#039;s secretary Nthuseng Duma.

Africa Day takes place every year on 25 May to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963. It is also a day to celebrate African unity.

“We are here to celebrate with you our fellow Africans. We are here to tell you that we love you and we will protect you. Today is a day for Africans everywhere to be united,” she said.

“What we have seen happening in our country is a disgrace - Africans discriminating against - it is un-African­ and we are against it.”

Duma said that foreign nationals need to have documents that show they are living in South Africa legally.

“We urge our African brothers and sisters to make sure they sort out their documents at Home Affairs. Please get permits so you are free to do whatever you want to do here.”

Nigerian Steve Oshifade, a hawker, speaking on behalf of the foreign nationals, said they experience difficulty when applying for permits at Home Affairs.

“We appreciate the league of a big organisation like the ANC coming to talk to us and encouraging us, but the process at Home Affairs is long and frustrating because we want to do things the right way, but the long process discourages us,” he said.

Patricia Nyamawanga from Zimbabwe said she is very happy living in Kokstad.

“I love Kokstad. I have been living for more than 20 years now and I am happy. I make money by selling clothes with African prints.”

She said she goes home to visit her family, but spends most of her time in South Africa.

Duma urged the foreign nationals to teach South Africans their work ethic, especially women

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