SA mineworkers argue African leaders betrayed continent
by MTHULISI SIBANDA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – THE National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has commemorated Africa Day by condemning xenophobic tensions in South Africa.
The denunciation came as the continent marked Africa Day, which is
commemorated yearly on May 25.
This year’s event came on the back of attacks against foreign nationals in South Africa where at least six people were killed and thousands were
“It is still totally unacceptable and inexcusable that immigrants can be
attacked for being immigrants in a country which purports to support human rights,” said Frans Baleni, the NUM General Secretary.
“The working class and the poor should be united against the common enemy, i.e. oppressive regimes and capitalist exploitation. We cannot wage war against each other. Workers of the world should unite, and therefore we must discourage this malady.”
Baleni argued since independence, leaders had betrayed fellow Africans.
“Africa needs a new generation of leaders to turn the tide. A new
generation of leaders who will focus on rebuilding Africa post colonization.
“A new generation of leaders who will invest and build effective and efficient resources exploitation to benefit the African economy and eliminate poverty, unemployment and severe inequalities that are affecting the continent,” Baleni said.
– CAJ News
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