Three African leaders skip WEC conference over xenophobia

By Doug Mattushek - 04 September 2019Views : 1674

It was confirmed that the presidents of Malawi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo will not be attending the World Economic Forum on Africa due to ongoing xenophobic attacks.

The WEC on Africa is being hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre this week. However, after three days of mass looting and violence against foreign nationals in Gauteng, some leaders have opted out of the conference.

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Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairman of the African Union Commission, called for "immediate steps to protect the lives of people and their property, ensure that all perpetrators are brought to account for their acts, and that justice be done to those who suffered economic and other losses.

"The chairperson reiterates the African Union's Commission continued commitment to support the South African government in addressing the root causes that led to these despicable acts, in order to promote peace and stability, within the framework of the African Union's longstanding principles of continental solidarity."

The xenophobic violence has had knock-on effects, with Zambia cancelling their foot friendly with Bafana Bafana, Zimbabwe threatening to close border traffic and a prominant Nigerian artist withdrawing from a local music festival.

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