Speech delivered by the President of COSATU, Comrade Sidumo Dlamini at the meeting of NUM Youth Forum on the 24th April 2015, at Boksburg

24 April 2015

Please accept revolutionary greetings from your fighting Federation, COSATU.

Do we actually understand the consequences of xenophobia? Can our rulers even begin to fathom the cost of the breakdown of social cohesion? We must have a brutally honest discussion with ourselves as South Africans.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

In Namibia … we are clear … No exploitation of man by man. That will not be allowed here –Namibia’s President Sam Nujoma in an interview in a Namibia special report of the New African magazine in 2003.

This is an open letter written by an 11-year-old Zimbabwean on xenophobic violence.

A young girl arrived at her teacher’s classroom this morning and said, “Please will you help me get this out to as many people as possible”.

WE CANNOT fight racism until we admit it exists. If our leading English-speaking universities had figured that out 20 years ago, they might not face angry black students today. If many in the national debate had worked it out then, we might be a less angry society now.

Dr Joyce Banda is the first woman to become President of Malawi and the second female leader in Africa . In October 2014, she joined the Above the Parapet program in LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs as a Fellow. Africa at LSE spoke to her during her visit to LSE.

Ashish Thakkar, Founder of the Mara Group and the Mara Foundation argues that the Western media has outdated and incorrect beliefs about Africa.

What could possibly be the most ferociously contested elections in decades has been postponed for six weeks, but LSE’s Chiaka Osuala looks at points raised at the ‘How to Fix Nigeria – The 2015 Elections & Beyond’ debate held by the Royal African Society in London on 28 January.

Progressive literary fiction has not always been highly regarded within African literature. Ahjamu Umi makes the case for its consciousness-developing and educational properties, and argues for its wider acceptance in African societies.

LSE’s Martin Namasaka reflects on the positives and negatives of the relationship between China and Africa and how African leaders can maximise Chinese investment for the continent’s good.