Members of the National Assembly have joined the rest of the continent in marking International Africa Day. The debate was held under the theme “The legacy of Nelson Mandela in building a better Africa and a better world.”
Former chairperson of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, now head of Monitoring and Evaluation department led the debate.
“Quarter of mammals, 60% of world’s non-arable land, forest resources covers 24% of land, have plenty of minerals – plat, diamond etc and almost 3rd of countries have oil and gas. So Africa is rich, but Africans are poor,” she says.
Dlamini-Zuma added that there was a list of things to be achieved to improve the lives of Africans living in Africa.
“We are determined to silence the guns, eradicate poverty in one generation eradicate hunger, transform the economy and deal with challenges of climate change.”
The Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP) Mkululeka Hlengwa agreed that Africans must learn to love themselves.
“Yes children are taught not to love Africa. But those who don’t love us are not others, we hate ourselves.”
The Chief whip of the National Freedom Party (NFP), Nhlanhla Khubisa, says the continent is battling many issues.
“Africa is plagued by wars, corruption, greed and poor governance and violation of human rights as well as leaders who cling to power.”
Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament, Stevens Mokgalapa says AU member states must keep their membership of international entities that fight for human rights.
“AU member states must respect bodies like ICC by remaining members of Roman Statute to ensure justice for human rights atrocities.”
The Freedom Front Plus’ MP Corne Mulder reminded the House that no matter the skin colour, Africa was a home to many.
“In my maiden speech 30 years ago, I made the point that I am an African. Not European. Part and parcel of this continent.”