The Pan African Parliament (PAP) is demanding justice for the vicitims of Xenophobic voilence in South Africa last week.

According to the PAP, these acts of violence and tension are spreading to other parts of the continent which will eventually lead to the displacement of defenseless people,damage and loss of property and livelihoods.

In a statement signed by the President of the Pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang and copied to Radjtv news, said “As an institution representing the African peoples, the Pan African Parliament condemns in the strongest terms the attacks perpetrated by Africans against other Africans. While calling for justice for the victims, the Continental Parliament urges calm and dialogue to iron out tensions that may jeopardise peace efforts and stifle not only the economies of the affected countries but also the entire country”, the statement added.

The PAP urged citizens to preserve the foundations of human rights by always respecting human dignity, the principle of equality between human beings as well as the diversity that is an asset that the rest of the world appreciates on the African continent.

Read below full statement:

STATEMENT BY THE PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT (PAP) ON THE SITUATION OF VIOLENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

It is with great sadness and deep dismay that the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has learned of reports of violence against African nationals in some parts of our sister country, South Africa.

Acts of violence and tension seem to be spreading to other parts of the continent, leading to the displacement of defenseless people, damage and loss of property, livelihoods and precious lives of our fellow Africans.

As an institution representing the African peoples, the Pan African Parliament condemns in the strongest terms the attacks perpetrated by Africans against other Africans. While calling for justice for the victims, the Continental Parliament urges calm and dialogue to iron out tensions that may jeopardize peace efforts and stifle not only the economies of the affected countries, but also the entire country. continent.

The PAP sends its heartfelt condolences to all the families who have lost their loved ones and expresses its sympathies to those who have been affected in one way or another by these acts of violence. The PAP also expresses concern over reports that these attacks have targeted not only foreign nationals but also some South African citizens.

The PAP believes that the nature of the phenomenon requires that all African leaders think about the real problems that affect ordinary citizens and that can escalate into uncontrollable revolt if they are not treated and contained in time. These attacks could negate all progress made by the continent so far, and vigorous measures must be taken to halt them to avoid further damage.

The Pan-African Parliament is convinced that the South African authorities will continue to provide security during the next session of October 2019, so that all parliamentarians, officials and African participants can carry out their tasks without difficulty at the same time. event and during their stay in South Africa. The PAP urges stakeholders to address, as a matter of urgency, the root causes of tensions with a view to restoring lasting peace and stability in the countries affected by these acts of violence.

The PAP urges citizens to preserve the foundations of human rights by always respecting human dignity, the principle of equality between human beings, as well as the diversity that is an asset that the rest of the world appreciates on the continent African. Finally, the PAP salutes all the efforts of the South African Government and the various stakeholders to put an end to the attacks and provide humanitarian assistance to the victims

Signed
The Right Honorable Roger Nkodo Dang President of the Pan-African Parliament

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