Alliances for Africa (AfA), a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria, has called on the Africa Union (AU) to conduct an investigation into the role played by South African government, agencies and traditional institutions in instigating the situations that led to the emergence of xenophobic attacks in the country.
AfA, which urged AU to tackle the rising cases of xenophobia associated with unemployment within the African Continent, also called on the regional body to, through its relevant organs, look at their roles in mitigating and addressing circumstances, safety and needs of those affected and displaced by the violence.
The group made the remarks, on Monday, in a statement by its Executive Director, Iheoma Obibi.
“We are specifically calling on the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal Province, where the attacks started tocontinue to denounce and use her good office to bring perpetrators of the ongoing violence against foreign nationals in her South Africa homeland to justice.
“AfA is also calling on African Human Rights institutions, Commission and Court to intervene by calling to question the South African government’s inability to safeguard the lives and properties of migrant Africa citizens within its borders and its inability to mitigate the repeating instances of jungle justice meted on fellow black African citizens including women and children,” it said.
The NGO called on the South African government to put an immediate stop to what it called “gross acts of human rights violations, to fish out and punish perpetrators of these hate crimes to the full extent of the law.”
“We call on South African government to provide and ensure the safety of life and property of all foreign nationals within its borders as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and address the root causes of these recurrent disturbances and prevent future re-occurrence,” it added.
The AfA also called on the Nigerian government and other African governments, especially those whose nationals are mostly affected, to immediately provide humanitarian assistance to victims of xenophobic attacks including repatriation services.
“All Africans must stand united against any form of lawlessness, injustice, and hate crime committed by any individual or groups on the bases of xenophobia. We must stand committed to the AU envisioned unity among Africans. We must collectively stand up for the #AfricaWeWant where individual life and rights are respected, where justice and peace reigns supreme, an Africa which is home for all Africans regardless of the geographical boundaries or languages that divides us,” it concluded.