ANC Caucus Statement on Africa Day

22 May 2009

African National Congress Members of Parliament who met for the Caucus meeting yesterday (21 May) took note of the historical significance of Africa Day that will be commemorated on 25 May 2009, a day that is recognised by African people throughout the continent.

This year’s Africa Day shall mark 46 years since revolutionary African leaders of independent states met to form the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to the African Union, in Addis Ababa, with a clear objective to unite Africans against the twin evils of colonialism and apartheid.

Africa Day celebrates and acknowledges the socio-political achievements attained by the African people, while reflecting upon the common challenges they face in a global environment. It is thus a day in which Africans of all colour and creed come together, united in affirmation of our history and confident of our future.

This sense of common identity is reinforced by the profound declaration by the continent’s revolutionary forebears, that no African could be genuinely free until all Africans are liberated.

It is in this regard that the Caucus meeting paid tribute and honour to African leaders who pioneered the liberation of Africa, such as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, King Mohamed V of Morocco, Modibo Keita of Mali Abdel Gamal Nasser of Egypt, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, Sekou Toure of Guinea, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.

Consistent with the spirit and historical principle that underpin the African Day, the Caucus meeting recommitted all ANC Members of Parliament, through their parliamentary roles, to continue working with the rest of Africa in pursuit of cohesion, unity, democracy and prosperity.

The meeting of the Caucus also undertook to explore necessary means to ensure that the broader South African population is galvanised around this important day.

Issued by
The ANC Parliamentary Caucus
Parliament of the Republic of SA
Cape Town

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