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Dear Mr Savious Kwinika, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) has read your article dated 26th December 2017 and entitled "West Africa: Morocco Desperate to Salvage Contentious ECOWAS Bid.", that was published online and also reprinted in national newspapers including the Star Newspaper in South Africa. We read your article with great disappointment, as we do not believe the article accurately and honestly depicts nor represents what happened in the roundtable it claims to describe. The roundtable, organised in Mayfair on the 26th of December 2017, was called by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in partnership with the Moroccan Association of South Africa (MASA). This roundtable is part of a series of events that the ADF is running to help its members understand meaningful events shaping our continent, and giving a platform for various African countries to expose and present their policies and politics to a Pan-African audience.
As panelists, the ADF and the MASA jointly invited Mr Koffi Kouakou, a consultant and a former lecturer at Wits School of Governance at Wits University; Othman Mouane a PhD student at Wits University; Mr Salman Khan, President of South African Foreigner Trade Union; Marc Gbaffou, Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) and Mr Ahmed Habiballah Chairman of MASA. We also invited the Moroccan Embassy in South Africa, as an observer to attend the roundtable. Initially, the Embassy didn't want to be part of the event, which was a civil society initiative, but we insisted given the fact that some members wanted clarity from an official perspective, on some of the aspects of the discussion.
The audience, consisted of African community leaders, academics, activists, unionists, ... and journalists. This mixed audience came to learn about Morocco and its recent return to the African Union (AU) after 33 years of absence, as well as its process of integrating the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). It was a very productive and informative meeting about the key roles that Morocco is playing and intends to play in Africa in the 21st century, the model it sets up in terms of integrating African migrants, but also about providing more nuanced and complex historical insights into the burning issue of the Western Saharan conflict that has been limiting the Moroccan role in Africa for decades. The discussion was lively, people were not shy to ask difficult questions to the panelists, organisers and Embassy representative, and the conversation was deep, constructive and insightful.
It is unfortunate that your article failed to talk about all the positive aspects of the roundtable, choosing instead to give a sensationalist heading to attract attention. This heading has little to do with the intention, content and effect of the roundtable on its participants. Whilst it is the role of journalists to be critical and read between the lines, the actual content of the article does not offer any evidence to back the sensationalist heading chosen.
We would like to use this opportunity to inform the African continent and the rest of the world that as the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), we are impressed to see that countries like Morocco are taking the plight of Africans seriously: investing in other African countries, offering numerous bursaries to African students of all languages and origins to study in Morocco, facilitating the integration of African migrants who arrive and settle in Morocco. Sub-Saharan Africans still have a lot to learn about this fellow African country. We are inviting anyone interested in the real content of the discussion to read the full report on our website (www.adf.org.za).
On Friday December 15, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) took stock of 2017, with officials of the migrant's rights organisation reminiscing on a very hectic, yet productive year gone by.
The statement and report was shared and presented at two special events that took place during the day.
The first event took place at the Embo Nation's offices in Bramley, Johannesburg and was attended by representatives of various organizations that strive to promote African Unity. The organisations included rational Pan -African movements and those fighting against Xenophobia and Afrophobia. The event was also attended by the ADF’s senior leadership and Embo Kingdom's representatives, led by King Bhungane III, from Mpumalanga.
This meeting forged a formal partnership between the two groups, which will tentatively be formally announced to the World in January 2018. The Partnership will develop a plan of action to advance critical issues affecting migrants in South Africa and around the continent, such as xenophobia, the Slave Trade and Human Trafficking in Libya, against which partnership recently organized a March resulting in the presentation of a Memorandum of demand to the South African Presidency, European Union, Pan African Parliament, African Union and Libyan authorities.
The second event was the ADF end of the year party, held inside the organisation’s offices in Yeoville and attended by ADF Executive Committee, the Head of the European Union Commission to South Africa, Ambassador Marcus Cornaro, King Bhungane III of the Embo Nation, a wide range of representatives from different African communities and formations in South Africa and African at large.
In his remarks, ADF Chairperson Mr. Marc Gbaffou stated that “the concerns and interests of our brothers and sisters in South Africa and around the Continent are of critical interest to ADF”. That is why the Slave Trade in Libya energized us to organize the March to Union Building with limited resources and within a very short time.
“This past year we have engaged decision makers in South Africa and throughout the continent to defend and protect the interests of our people. We have scored some successes, but we still have a lot of work to do as we go into the next year. We would like to thank everyone who has supported our work and we look forward to the next year as we build on our past success and forge new partnerships.” said Gbaffou.
The African Diaspora Forum is using this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a merry Christmas as well as a Prosperous and Happy New Year 2018.
We the people of the world, on the African Continent, represented here in South Africa by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), Faith denominations and community based organisations, trade unions platforms and concerned citizens of the world, have come to you to express our indignation with regard to the ongoing slave trade and human trafficking in Libya;
We the citizens of the world, hereby demand your immediate intervention to stop this crime against humanity.
Our denouncement and indignation:
FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT:
Intensify your public pronouncement to action. We demand an immediate stop to this inhumane acts on the part of the Libyan Government and their EU counterparts. South Africa, given your history and experience with apartheid and human injustice, it is our expectation that you will demonstrate ultimate leadership to denounce and bring a stop to this inhumane and barbaric practice.
FROM THE AFRICAN UNION:
This is the time for the African Union to show continental leadership and let the world know that we denounce and condemn this violation of human rights perpetrated against fellow Africans.
We demand that you demonstrate collective leadership and our concerns as Africans about the slave trade and human trafficking in Libya. We also demand that the African Union develops a consistent comprehensive and well-co-ordinated mobilisation programme that will free our fellow Africans in captivity. We hold you accountable for the freedom of the African people who have been held captive; The African Union to host an urgent meeting with the Libyan authorities to address the crisis.
FROM THE UNITED NATIONS:
We hold the United Nations accountable according to the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, which seeks to”… reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small;
FROM THE PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT:
As an oversight body for African governments, we urge you to exert pressure on the African Union, the North Africa Economic Region and the Libyan authorities to uphold values enshrined in The African Charter for People and Human Rights (The Banjul Charter);
TO THE LIBYAN AUTHORITIES:
FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION:
To protect the Human Rights and dignity of African Migrants. Allow safe, responsible and legal migration. African Migrants to be welcomed the same way we welcome the European tourists or businessmen in Africa. Protect African asylum seekers and refugees who are willing to enter Europe.
The European Union must organize a public forum with civil society organizations and social formations to explore and develop effective strategies and programs of action to deal with the crisis. We are calling upon the European Union to invest in our youth when they are still alive than when they are perishing in the Mediterranean sea.
Europe must know that the refugee crisis can be greatly scaled down when it stops supporting dictators on the continent and invading countries thus creating fertile grounds for terrorists, to operate in a safe haven, the case of Libya. We call on European governments as those who helped create chaos in Libya to do the right thing and partner with the African Union and other key stakeholders to ensure stability and peace is found again in Libya. This will be a first step to ending the shameful trade of human beings. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) is prepared to work with the European Union to help bring an end to this atrocity and violation of human rights.
Done in Pretoria on the 12th December 2017
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF); Civil society organisations; churches; trade unions etc... would like to invite everyone of the general public to participate in a march against the ongoing inhuman acts of slave trade and human trafficking in Libya.
We believe that it is in the interest of every noble human being to abhor the archaic and barbaric behaviour being exuded by the slave traders and buyers, who are obviously using their financial muscles to abuse fellow human beings in this degrading manner.
Details for the march, which seeks to put pressure on African governments and the international community to act on this ungodly and outdated act of cruelty are as follows:
Date: 12 December 2017
Time: 10h00 to 14h00
Route: From Church Square to Union Buildings (Pretoria)
A memorandum to be submitted to the following bodies:
Your presence and support of this noble cause would be highly appreciated as we know that you are among the custodians of humanity.
For more details please contact the following community leaders:
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) learnt with shock and utter dismay that people are being sold as slaves in Libya.
Nothing could have come as a worse shock than learning that in the 21st century, the heinous trade in human beings, which was abolished centuries ago can still be practised by other human beings – worse in open-air slave markets, in our African continent.
As an organisation that partly exists to safeguard and protect human dignity, we were shocked to see footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, which showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets. We urge Libyan authorities, the African Union and the international community to intervene and stop this barbaric behaviour.
We call on authorities to ensure that a thorough investigation is opened immediately, to arrest those behind this kind of inhumane trade – both those selling and those buying fellow human beings and deal with them decisively. The investigations should also target the destinations and make sure those who have already been sold are accounted for, counselled and returned to their places of origin.
As members of the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) meet in Abidjan IN Ivory Coast this Wednesday 29th November 2017 for the African Union-European Union summit, we hope the two bodies will put this serious issue on the agenda, not just for talk, but also remedial action which will only stop the Libya debacle, but also prescribe sentences that will deter even those in other countries who may be contemplating doing the same.
Slavery was abolished and all those who seek a return to the era of degrading other human beings must be dealt with accordingly.
As the theme of the EU-AU meeting has the theme “Investing in youth for a sustainable future”, the best way the youth can be invested in is when they are given the dignity they deserve, not when they are subjected to inhuman acts like what is happening in Libya.
We hope the summit will address the issues that end up exposing Africans to treacherous economic environment that leave them desperate for life as refugees abroad, for this is where these slave traders get the leeway to trade in human beings.
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) would like to congratulate the zimbabwean political leadership and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ruling Zanu (PF), Zimbabwean opposition parties and the people of Zimbabwe at large for their peaceful transition from President Robert Mugabe’s rule to a new order.
It has become rare for African countries to peacefully transit from one dispensation to the next, especially when the army has been involved. We salute the Zimbabwean Defense Force (ZDF) to have managed to ensure the power handover without any bloodshed and or loss of life, this shows the professional conduct that has been entrenched in their ranks and file. We applaud the ZDF’s act of allowing democratic marches on the streets in Zimbabwe during the process.
For at least a week during the transition, the ZDF showed that it is an army for the people.
We applaud the ruling Zanu-PF and opposition parties for acting in one voice to ensure that the will of the people finally prevailed and in the end, and President Mugabe left peacefully without any upheavals and violent clashes.
For the people of Zimbabwe, wild celebrations of Mugabe’s resignations were seen and felt all over the world and it really showed how suppressed they were under their former ruler. We however, applaud the manner in which the celebrations were carried out – with no incidents and with utmost respect for other people and property. It is very rare to see such scenes of jubilation go in such a peaceful manner.
With the new government sworn in, we salute and applaud the new President for not embarking on a witch-hunt with the former President Robert Mugabe. President Mnangagwa embraced and acknowledged the contribution of his predecessor. This is very important for the continuation of a nation building.
We now hope the Zimbabwean military will be allowed to withdraw and return to the barracks, while continuing to safeguard the interest of the people of Zimbabwe ahead of those of individuals and certain institutions.
Our wish is that the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, while insuring the interim, continues to build on the newfound unity and jubilation that swept through all parts of the world where there are Zimbabweans, maintain the new culture of respecting human rights, work with opposition parties, civil society and all stakeholders to reform certain laws that are inimical to democracy and development as Zimbabweans work towards rediscovering the path to economic prosperity.
We are calling upon the economic community, the African continent and the rest of the world to come in and help rebuild one of our nations, Zimbabwe. The horizon is full of hope. Let's make the dream of millions of Zimbabweans a reality. Zimbabwe shall rediscover its glory.
SOUTH African nationals have praised their Zimbabwean counterparts for shunning violence during protests calling for the resignation of Robert Mugabe in recent days.
The aged politician on Tuesday succumbed to pressure from a disillusioned public to quit following the collapse of the economy and a deteriorating political crisis.
Some three (3) million Zimbabweans have sought refuge in South Africa, a country which on the contrary to the prevailing atmosphere in Zimbabwe, has suffered deadly violence during anti-government protests.
Property has been burnt, businesses looted and human life lost during the incessant protests, which have been commonplace since the administration of President Jacob Zuma came to power in 2009.
Mehleketo Thuso Letlhake from Dobsonville in Soweto hailed Zimbabweans for maintaining discipline despite years of abuse by the Mugabe regime.
“I salute the people of Zimbabwe for achieving such a great goal without spilling blood or burning buildings. South Africans can learn a lot from this,” Letlhake said.
He spoke after a “bloodless coup” by the army, which occurred last week, set the tone for the demise of Mugabe’s reign of 37 years at the helm.
Lebogang Manicus also praised the resolve of Zimbabweans in the face of tribulation.
“From the military taking over power, to the people maintaining peaceful protests over the years, Zimbabweans have been smart in dislodging Mugabe, as South Africans take a leaf out of their book by desisting from violent protests,” Manicus said.
Thousands of South African-based Zimbabweans thronged Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria streets on Tuesday night to celebrate the resignation of Mugabe.
Ntombi Mtshaleka from Cofimvaba Eastern Cape, who witnessed the carnival atmosphere as Zimbabweans celebrated, said, “This appears a momentous day for Zimbabweans. One can see they are overexcited but still revel within the confines of the laws. If only we (South African) could be as disciplined through celebration and protests.”
The South African Parliament also lauded Zimbabweans.
“We also commend the restraint displayed by key institutions and ordinary citizens of Zimbabwe in what could have degenerated into an increasingly tense, protracted and troubled situation,” Parliament stated.
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The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) would like to congratulate the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) for their timely intervention in trying to resolve the long-standing Zimbabwean political crisis, which has cascaded to the economy and social being of that country.
While we do not condone the involvement of the military in national politics, we do understand that the Zimbabwean situation had reached damaging levels and would not have been resolved had the military not acted, as President Robert Mugabe’s government had relied on force and use of the security sector to thwart all forms of decent and pursuit for freedom by the people, leaving them with no democratic space to exercise their freedoms of expression, association and political choice, among others.
We also applaud the professional manner in which the ZDF has acted since Wednesday, noting that there has been very minimal, if any, loss of life or damage of property, while President Mugabe has also been treated with utmost respect since the intervention and during the negotiations.
The jubilation that has followed from members of the Zimbabwean community all over the world shows that the military’s action is highly viewed to be in the interests of the general population, hence the ADF’s standing on the side of Zimbabweans at this beginning of a new era.
We also hope that the SADC, AU and UN and the international community will stand by – and not interfere with, the people of Zimbabwe as they write a new chapter in their history. Where intervention happens, we hope that it would be on putting pressure on President Mugabe to lose power before the crisis escalates to a violent conflict that may result in loss of life and further destruction of the economy and property.
We know that there is still a long way to go, but we would like to sincerely request that the ZDF, political parties and the general populace of Zimbabwe put national interest and the will of the people at heart as they chart the way forward for that beautiful country.
Going forward, we hope that when the impasse is finally broken, the ZDF will return to the barracks and allow a wholly democratic process to allow Southern Africa’s former bread basket to rediscover itself and return to its glory days.
We appeal to the incoming interim Zimbabwean leaders to involve the people, civic groups, the opposition, religious groups, traditional leaders and all other stakeholders in returning Zimbabwe to democratic, civilian rule that will attract investment and allow for a swift return of that country’s exiles to rebuild their country.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) have reached a settlement‚ after the ADF laid a complaint at the South African Human Rights Commission earlier this year.
The ADF alleged that Mashaba had made comments that were xenophobic and had the propensity to fuel xenophobic attacks‚ which included that foreign nationals were responsible for criminality in Johannesburg.
The settlement has been described as “historic“.
One of the terms of the settlement is that the ADF will be joining the City of Joburg’s planned court application against the department of Home Affairs‚ as a friend of the court.
Marc Gbaffou ‚ chairperson of the ADF‚ said that this is “an historic moment for the migrants‚ who have been living in fear because of some statements“. He added that they had discussed Mashaba’s comments in the mediation process.
Johannesburg - Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba has maintained that migrants should remain under scrutiny despite the xenophobic allegations levelled against him.
“Let me make one thing clear; I am not calling for undocumented migrants to be immediately deported,” Mashaba told members of the media on Tuesday.
“What I’m doing is calling for the Department of Home Affairs to perform on their constitutional mandate to ensure that all those who qualify for asylum are processed and provided with their papers. Should individuals not qualify, or should they have committed crimes within our borders, then they should be sent home.”
The media briefing was hosted by the South African Human Rights Commission to publicise the signing of a settlement agreement between Mashaba and the African Diaspora Forum.
In February 2017, the South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) received a complaint from the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in which they alleged that the Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba had made comments that were xenophobic and had the propensity to fuel xenophobic attacks.
The ADF alleged that the Cllr Herman Mashaba, among others, made the following statements:
The Commission in fulfilling its constitutional mandate of promoting and protecting human rights engaged with both the ADF and Cllr Mashaba and determined that this matter would be best resolved through a process of mediation.
Both parties were given a platform to recount their version of events and upon the conclusion of the mediatory discussion various terms of settlement were reached. These terms have given rise to a settlement agreement to be signed by the parties.
The Commission invites members of the media to a press briefing that will publicise the signing of the settlement agreement.
The heritage day celebrations organised by the Gauteng Provincial Government, Carnival Company, and the City of Tshwane saw more than 30,000 people from across the country, the continent and the world coming together in their different cultures, race and colour to showcase their traditional attire, language, dance, belief and norms.
The African Diaspora Forum(ADF) is honoured to have been a key partner and was represented by the Chairperson Mr. Marc Gbaffou, the executive committee and general members of the organisation from different African communities. We will continue working using such an important platform to enforce social cohesion.
One of our heritage as Africans is and remains the warm welcome and hospitality to different people. Celebrating this day is one of the ways of protecting and preserving such heritage.
We would like to use this opportunity to thank Gauteng Premier Hon. David Makhura, for his incredible work in the province for enforcing peace and unity above our differences in heritage.
He made very important remarks that “the Gauteng Province is prepared to welcome everyone no matter his/her nationality or race; Africans should all pouch to have Swahili as one of their first language of communication… and concluded. _Asante Santa!!!”
The African Diaspora Forum(ADF) was honoured yesterday 14th September 2017 by the visit of John Okafor (alias Mr Ibu), one of the greatest globally acclaimed comedian who convey the African message to the World through laughter.
The talented Nigerian Comedian is also a pan-Africanist activist. He wants to see, during his life time on this planet, the actual unity of African countries by breaking borders to allow free movement of people and goods in different parts of this old, mighty and rich Continent of Africa.
“African people should feel free to move to any part of their African continent of their choice, but on the only condition that we respect the laws and the rules of host countries” said Mr. Ibu, who deplored wars triggered dire sufferings still plaguing some parts of the Continent including the Democratic of Congo and South Sudan.
“We make people laugh while we tell them some meaningful nonsense” hammered Mr. Ibu with a stupid yet intelligent smile coupled with a deep sense of humour.
“Where is the OAU? Because I don't think the AU is working. If it is not working, then let us revive it”.
The African Diaspora Forum, the federation of migrants’ communities based in South Africa, that advocate for the integration and Social cohesion of all Africans seized this opportunity to partner and work with Mr. Ibu in matters that advance the collaboration, the integration and the unity of all African people.
In a near future, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between both parties in the aspects mentioned above in a form of awareness and sensitisation campaigns to deepen the struggle for the Pan-African Integration.
Ladies and gentlemen, good day, and once more welcome, and thank you for attending. The purpose of the media briefing is to announce the expiry, on 31 December 2017, of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) which started in 2014, and was issued for a period of three years. The total number of ZSP permits issued was 197 941.
We hereby announce the opening of the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP). Learning from the wisdom of the finest son of the South African revolution, OR Tambo, we do this in the spirit of international solidarity, conscious of the political imperative to build peace and friendship in the continent and in the whole world.
We believe that migrants play an important role in respect of economic development and enriching social and cultural life.
We remain conscious of the value of this approach. For instance, these dispensations have assisted in enhancing national security and the orderly management of migration.
This dispensation will assist greatly in advancing the objectives of the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 particularly in respect of the focus on the economy, attracting critical skills into the country and ensuring transfer of skills to our citizens for better employment prospects.
This approach is in line with the new White Paper on International Migration Policy which was approved by Cabinet early this year.
The White Paper on International Migration Policy provides a roadmap towards the implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063 in relation to the facilitation of movement of persons on the continent for the promotion of trade, development, transfer of skills and social cohesion through cultural integration.
The African Diaspora Forum(ADF) is offering a small stipend per hour and looking for members who could assist in the following languages as translators:
These efforts will assist in addressing the flows of labour from our neighbours in the SADC region.
This process adds to our goal of developing a new national identity system which will require that, through a secure population register, we know for certain who is in the country. This will help government in dealing with issues of irregular migration.
The Migration Cluster of the SADC People’s Summit met at Constitution Hill on 17th August 2017 to discuss the current situation of migration and mobility in order to make recommendation to Heads of State Summit that will take place in Pretoria the 19th August 2017
People of SADC gathered at the Summit have noticed what follows:
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) strongly condemns the recent reckless remarks by the Deputy-Minister of Police, Hon. Bongani Mkongi and the Executive Mayor of the city of Johannesburg, Clr. Herman MASHABA addressed to the public a few days ago.
Mr. Mkongi on Friday 14th July during a press conference at Hillbrow police station, alleged that foreign nationals are currently occupying 80% of Hillbrow and its surrounding areas. It would have been better and smarter of him to provide the public with his source(s) of statistics. We are advising him to go and check the official figures of the last census. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) is prepared to provide him with the correct figures in case he doesn't find them.
On the other hand, the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba on 27th July cynically hammered that no foreign nationals legal or illegal will benefit from the State housing scheme. For that matter, we would like to remind the Mayor, that foreign nationals have no such expectations to be provided free houses. We rather encourage him to provide the much needed services he promised the electorate without using migrants as an excuse for his failures. We are advising the Democratic Alliance (DA), if Xenophobia is not their strategy to gain power, Mayor Herman Mashaba should be disciplined like they did the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille when she tweeted on colonialism.
The worry of all migrants' communities is that such reckless remarks may incite more xenophobic violence, contempt for others, hatred towards migrants who seek nothing but a country of refuge. Hence the necessity of not accepting such statements in a society confronted with the migratory phenomenon. Because we all are mindful there are several rational and relevant explanations for the twenty first century's migration: dictatorship, human rights abuse, wars, famine, persecution as well as socio-economic reasons…
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) is astounded as to why a government official would render such a fire kindling statement in a society that already faced hatred, antecedents in recent past? Are foreign nationals unwelcome in South Africa? The current increase in attacks on foreign nationals in the country can easily be attributed to Xenophobia not being criminalised. We appeal to South African authorities to take strict measures on any type of discrimination whatsoever. This will discourage any perpetrator.
We are all aware that South Africa in general, and the city of Johannesburg in particular, is everyday faced with many pressing social challenges such as poverty, unemployment, inequality and corruption to name but a few. These are the key issues on which the political debates should focus on, instead of uttering xenophobic statements that would likely stir another spate of attacks on foreign nationals.
We therefore urge authorities to avoid making xenophobic remarks that neither foster social cohesion, nor solve their political problems. Because we are all mindful that the presence of migrants is not synonymous with usurpation of the rights of the nationals nor taking possession of their homeland.
We appeal to some South African authorities to show some restraint and dissociate foreign nationals with their political accountability to the citizens of South Africa, political manipulation, and make sure daily social problems are put first instead of finding scapegoats.
So, we vigorously say no to hate speech and xenophobic statements that tend to jeopardise lives of non-nationals who found refuge in the Republic of South Africa.The African Diaspora Forum (ADF)
Marc Gbaffou: African Diaspora Forum (ADF) wishes to thank the General Public and the Republic of South Africa for a successful Africa Week Celebrations from 20th to 27th May 2017. This year's celebrations saw on a parade over 10000 participants on the streets of Hillbrow, Berea and Yeoville. We cannot salute enough the tenacious resolve of the ADF members for the show of Strength and Unity, nor the Unity of Purpose exihibited by the migrant community and Her leaders. To our Partners - Cannival Company, United Proactive Artists, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, SABC Channel-Africa, National Department of Arts & Culture and more importantly the Gauteng Provincial Government, we heap loads of gratitude. To our resource organisations like FoundatIons for Human Rights, Lawyers for Human Rights, Johannesburg Holocaust Genocide & Centre, Institute of Higher Learnings, we appreciate your candid contributions. Heads of Missions and the Diplomatic Corp especially The French embassy and consul General of France in Johannesburg, the consul General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, and German embassy that showed practical solidarity we remain indebted. The South African Police Services who added a great value to the event with the police brass band and the drill squad. To the scintillating participants, entertainers/food vendor's we are proud of you all. hoping that our social cohession objectives will be achieved in due course. We once more give kudos to the Media Franternity and the Host Community & Government we cannot thank you all enough. We pledge and Endeavour to remain Steadfast to our Objectives and mandate irrespective of our challenges. We however have resolved to be the Change we desire.
Yesterday 20th May 2017, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), Carnival Company (CC), in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Goverment, kicked start Africa Week activities at 8h30 at Barnato High school in Berea.
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The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, is organising Africa Week Carnival and Festival from the 20th to the 27th May 2017.
The Africa Week Carnival and Festival is a multicultural event that aims at promoting human rights and social cohesion. It is an ideal platform to combat all forms of discrimination including racism, sexism and xenophobia.
As African people we have many things to celebrate together owing to the fact we are a diverse but united Continent under the umbrella of the African Union (AU). Africa Week Carnival and Festival will line up an array of events including commemoration of various spates of xenophobic attacks on the 20th May 2017 and Africa Day Celebration on 27th May 2017.
We therefore cordially invite you to come and cover this Pan African Festival that will pull together South African authorities and citizens, the diplomatic corps, the migrants’ communities, as well as local and non national artists.
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A seminar by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in Togo to sensitize about the laws guiding foreigners in Togo and ECOWAS laws guiding migrants.
Unscrupulous immigration officers employed by the Department of Home Affairs at the Beitbridge port of entry are working in cahoots with touts and bus drivers in the sale of entry stamps to desperate travellers visiting South Africa from Zimbabwe.
A New Age team working under cover witnessed a traveller, who had been denied entry into the country, returning with a tout and able to pay an immigration official R200 in exchange for a 30-day visitor’s visa.
According to VFS Global, the company contracted by the department to process visa applications, Zimbabweans are visa exempt if they are visiting the country for 90 days or less on business or tourism purposes.
However, in terms of the scam Zimbabwean passport holders are granted the bare minimum days, in some cases three days, rather than the 90 days entry allowed.
According to the touts this creates a situation where immigration officials are bribed to grant a visitor the full 90 days entry stamp.
Undercover video footage taken by the news team on Saturday shows a female tout tucking two R100 notes into the traveller’s passport before walking straight to the immigration counter. In less than a minute, the traveller was granted permission to stay in the country for 30 days and he headed straight to the exit gate.
“I’ve had to pay R200 to get 30 days because I had been denied any days. They told me I wouldn’t be able to get days because I was in South Africa on Thursday. I was left with no choice but to pay the money so that I can go and do business in Louis Trichardt,” he said.
Another immigration officer approached after the exchange explained that a visitor could not be allowed back into the country before they spent seven days in their own country of residence.
On Friday evening, this news team walked straight through the border gate to the immigration desk without any form of identification and were approached by two male touts.
“I can get you 90 days stamped on your passport, but I charge R600 for that because I’ve to pay an immigration official that I work with. Don’t be afraid, I’ll go with you to the counter and we won’t have to queue,” the tout, who identified himself as Elias said.
Elias said he successfully bribed officials for clients at least 15 times a day. According to home affairs statistics, 20000 people cross the Beitbridge border every day.
On Saturday, the news crew met five other agents involved in the same illicit business.
A cross-border trader, who operates between Zimbabwe and Johannesburg, said she often paid bus drivers to get days even when she exceeded her 90 days.
“I often pay for days because I spend an average of a month in Johannesburg where I sell Zimbabwe products. When my days are finished I go back home for stock. So I usually give a bus driver money and they pay the immigration officials on my behalf,” she said.
A bus driver with a renowned cross-border transport company also confirmed he was able to facilitate the issuing of a 30-day visitor’s visa.
On Friday, the African Diaspora Forum independently asked its members who had previously paid for days, to come forward and report it so they could take up the issue with the Department of Home Affairs.
The forum chairperson Marc Gbaffou said the issue was disappointing and needed urgent attention from authorities.
“There has to be a clear policy to determine how days are given otherwise we will always have a situation whereby immigration officers abuse the system for their gain,” he said.
Gbaffou also warned foreign nationals to desist from taking advantage of the loopholes in the system.
“You don’t come to South Africa and when you see some loopholes you abuse them. People must refrain from such practices.”
Limpopo police spokesperson Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe said they were not aware of the border corruption and had never arrested anyone in connection with it.
Zimbabwe consul general, Henry Mukonoweshuro, however, said they had raised the issue with the cross-border migration management stakeholders forum. The forum includes immigration, the police, social services and other line ministries from Zimbabwe and South Africa.
“We have raised that issue at the cross-border stakeholders forum and we were basically asking why they don’t give people reasonable days if they explain what they are coming to do. We know at the airport you’re given 90 days but at the border the officials use their discretion,” Mukonoweshuro said.
The Coalition against Xenophobia ( Several Civil society organisations; Government Officials; Concerned South African Citizens; Unions; Different stakeholders, African community leaders) had a Jozi solidarity march against Xenophobia and racism on the 28th of March 2017 . Hundreds of people took to the streets to show solidarity. Among the participants was the Gauteng Premier David Makhura who has always been supportive in the fight against xenophobia. The Premier, in the key note address said that Africans who are rejected by the United States of America and Europe are welcome in the Gauteng Province and encouraged them to utilise their skills in enhancing the South African economy. The Premier condemned the hate speech and the xenophobic attitude by certain leaders like the Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba.
The African Diaspora Forum chairperson, Marc Gbaffou, took the opportunity to request the Government of South Africa to revise the white paper on immigration that was released early this month, especially the section on the asylum seekers in South Africa that stipulate that asylum seekers will no longer be allowed to conduct work, study or run businesses. He further requested the government to amnesty all illegal immigrants as this will enable the government to have an accurate database of the number of migrants in the country. The registration of all migrants in South Africa will reduce the chances of xenophobic outbreaks and further protect migrants from being used as cheap labour which is one of the main causes of xenophobic attacks. Several community leaders also used the opportunity to thank the South African citizens who are standing up against xenophobia. They also requested the government to protect the migrant communities.
The African Diaspora Forum is disappointed by mayor Herman Mashaba who turned down the invitation to come and show solidarity in the fight against xenophobia and racism.
During the march, the African Diaspora Forum and its partners observed a minute of silence in honour of our fallen father and human rights defender, Comrade Ahmed Kathrada. We would like to express our heart felt condolences to the family, friends and South Africa as a whole on the loss of this significant figure who stood up against any form of discrimination until his very last minute.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who ensured that this march was a success and those who were able to join the march.
The Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) Marc Gbaffou on Human rights day 21st March 2017 in Sharpville. He encouraged all Africans present to work together in advancing the continent's agenda. He highlited how the 1960 Sharpville massacre reminds us about how today Africans are being called "illegal" in some countries in the continent for not carrying a permit or passeport. He condemned crime and asked people to ensure crime free communities. He encouraged people not to take the law into their own hands but allow the law enforcement agencies to do their job. He finally asked all to embrace and cherish this day
The Coalition against Xenophobia ( Several Civil society organisations; Government Officials; Concerned South African Citizens; Unions; Different stakeholders, African community leaders) invites you to the Jozi solidarity march against Xenophobia and racism .The recent upsurge of violent attacks on foreign nationals can be overcome if we stand together.
March details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 9h30 am for 10h00 am
Starting Point: Peter Roos Park, Parktown, Empire Road corner Queen Road, Johannesburg
End Point: Library Gardens, Johannesburg CBD
Agreed Route: - Empire Road to Claim Street - Turn right into Claim Street - Turn right into Rahima Moosa Street - Turn left into Harrison Street - Arrive at the END POINT Beyers Naude Square.
We rely on your leadership in the mobilisation of your constituency to attend in numbers. Your organisation and or network has an important role to play in the struggle to advance human dignity and rights.
For more information, please contact:
Mr Johnson EMEKA: 0721727393
Mr Prince ABENGE: 0817479779
Trevor Ngwane: 0790307657
Ms Gugulethu NCUBE: 0799356761
International migrants in South African are once again the focus of headlines of both local and international mainstream media. This is not good news for the readers, listeners and viewers of news. The xenophobic monster has once again blown its deadly winds in the direction of vulnerable communities of foreign immigrants who live in the Republic of South Africa.
It happened in 2008, 2015 and now in 2017. We have witnessed the flames of xenophobia erupt in Gauteng province - that have been fuelled by the sweeping and reckless statements made by the current Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Councillor Herman Mashaba that were repeatedly uttered in his 100 days of office speech. Without any attempt of sugar coating his utterances or disguising his intentions in his rhetoric, the Mayor is the culprit behind the spate of the xenophobic violence that targeted immigrants mainly from other African countries.
During his various speeches directed at international immigrants, the first citizen of the City of Johannesburg put a special emphasis on undocumented immigrants who he accused of hijacking some buildings in the Johannesburg CBD which they littered and transformed into a jungle. When the South African masses saw the Executive Mayor wearing the Metro Police gear and acting as an immigration officer checking the validity of permits of immigrants in a bid to find undocumented migrants in the streets of Rosettenville, this act served as an impetus for the people at the local grassroots to attack immigrants from other African countries residing in Rosettenville. More than 30 houses were set ablaze in Rosettenville and Pretoria West, as the local people embarked on a spree of destruction that saw houses being burnt, shops owned by migrants looted and even injuries meted out on some migrants.
Migrants who chose South Africa as their second home encounter the baleful threat of xenophobia on a daily basis in the streets and in both public and private owned institutions. The discriminatory behaviour that is unleashed against the migrant communities living and working in South Africa has reached unacceptable levels. The hardships that migrants face in communities could have been avoided if the authorities had taken proactive action by rolling out programmes aimed at educating South African citizens on the positive input that migrants offer to the Republic of South Africa rather than focussing on the negative innuendo and the baseless accusations about migrants.
As the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), we met the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg on the 28th of February 2017 with the hope that he would agree to retract his generalised statements about migrants but so far he has refused to do so. It is important to note that on the 1st of March 2017, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) officially lodged to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) a complaint against the Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba for hate speech and the incitement of violence. We also need to note that we do not have any agreement with the Mayor on holding any Minister accountable for anything. We therefore distance ourselves from any statement that the Mayor can utter on our behalf.
The Africa Diaspora Forum is inviting all political parties to make official public statements regarding their stance or position about the xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals. The ADF has good reason to suspect that there are some political parties that are manipulating their members to attack international migrants.
We are using this opportunity to thank the thousands of South African citizens who are concerned about the violent situation and working around the clock to discourage perpetrators. We are encouraging both foreign nationals and South African citizens to report any criminal activity to the law enforcement agencies. We discourage all to take the law into their own hands. We request and encourage all South African brothers and sisters to continue working with us in educating people on the importance and contributions that the migrants can make in South Africa. We equally encourage all migrants living and working in South Africa to be documented and to remain as law-abiding residents of the Republic. We hope that with the improvements done at the Desmond Tutu Centre with regard to getting documentation it will be much easier for migrants to live in South Africa.
Dear Colleagues, this is to inform you that today the 1st of March 2017, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) officially launched to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) a complaint against the Mayor of Johannesburg Councillor Herman Mashaba for hate speech and incitement to Violence.
King Zwelathini of the Zulu people called on foreigners to go home where they came from, regardless (Foreigners must go home). Jacob Zuma's son, Edward, (Zuma's son supports King Zwelithini's shocking statement) supported the king. President Zuma did not condemn the king or his son. Instead, he said his son is an adult capable of making his own decisions. South African Human Rights Commission Chairman Lawrence Mushwana did not castigate King Zwelathini (Zwelithini remarks problematic). Instead, he said the King committed no offence. Johannesburg Democratic Alliance Mayor Herman Mashaba blamed foreigners for high crime rates in Johannesburg (Johannesburg mayor under fire over xenophobic comments). This is despite statistics clearly showing crime is mostly committed by local South Africans. Its all hogwash.
The only person who made a statement is lowly ranking Gauteng Premier David Makhura who in his state of the province address called on local South Africans to not attack or blame foreigners for South Africa's problems (Gauteng State of the Province). The problem started during the tenure of president Thabo Mbeki. Despite his pan-African sentiments, Mbeki, nevertheless, refrain from openly condemning xenophobia and instead called it criminal attacks (‘What happened?’). This started the impunity that foreigners (African foreigners) experience in South Africa today. Government did not come out to call xenophobia as such and based on that to move swiftly and strongly to punish it. Following 2008 xenophobic attacks, a few people were rounded up but charged with various common law offences as there was and still is no offence of xenophobia. Instead of attacking it head on, both Mbeki and Zuma government play politics with xenophobia refusing to confront local population for fear they will lose votes if they did. Even after a Mozambican national was burned alive in 2008 and several foreigners after that killed in macabre acts of naked violence, government continued to sing and dance with the xenophobic attackers and orchestrators.
Need I go into the history of the ANC and of the liberation struggle in Africa? No, I need not. Every well meaning African government, the UN, AU and other international organisations should condemn South African government for flirting with xenophobic killers and attackers. Government should be made to realise that this is not how to run government in modern times. The role of government is to protect all those who live in it. This is the philosophy of the 1955 ANC Freedom Charter which is now just a statement on paper.
Michelo Hansungule, in his personal capacity
Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
by Executive Mayor, Cllr Herman Mashaba
*Protests against foreign nationals are not a cure for joblessness and crime*
I am deeply concerned to hear reports of xenophobic attacks and planned protests which aim to target foreign nationals residing within communities across Gauteng.
I would like to state outright that I condemn xenophobia and my administration will do everything in its power to prevent any outburst of xenophobic violence in our city.
There is no place for xenophobia in the City of Johannesburg.
This is a city built by and made up of migrants from all over the world. We are the pride of our country and continent and we cannot allow for foreign nationals to be scapegoated for the failures of previous administrations to fulfil its promises.
There are many people who out of desperation due to political, social and economic instability in their countries are seeking a better life in South Africa. It is essential that national government cleans up its act and ensures that there is quick and efficient processing of asylum seekers and refugees.
This would protect those who wish to legitimately enter our country from criminal elements, including slum lords and drug traffickers, who abuse their desperation and are able to evade the law.
The Rosetenville unrest is replicating in Pretoria West. Those who are living in the area are advised to be careful. Cars and houses are set alight by angry residents claiming to get rid of drugs and prostitution. No-one has been arrested after two houses were set alight, various homes raided by Pretoria West community members.
With a xenophobic march planned on 24th February by Mamelodi concerned residents, the situation is getting worse very fast.
We are calling upon the South African Government to take all necessary steps to prevent attacks on foreign nationals. We are encouraging all stakeholders and community members to report any criminal activity to the police and avoid taking the law into their own hands.
We are calling upon migrants, South African citizens, concerned residents, who want to prevent this, to come out and help calm the situation. Two separate meetings are called tomorrow Sunday 19th February in Johannesburg and Pretoria to try and quell the violence.
The details of the meetings are as follow:
1. Johannesburg: 10h00 am, JC BEZ Numsa House, 34 Eloff street, Johannesburg CBD. Next to Gandhi Square.
2. Pretoria: 14h00, Lawyers for Human Rights office, Kutlwamnong Democracy Centre, 357 Sisulu Street.
For enquiries please contact the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) hotline: 0842742844
From Monday to Friday office landlines: 0114870269 / 0114871430
Circulate this message in your networks, come and take your comrades with you!
On Friday 17th February 2017, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) hosted 20 students from the University of Science Po, France. They learned and shared their experiences about migrants and migration.
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) would like to thank you, for taking the lead in calming the volatile situation in our different communities after a very violent and turbulent weekend in Rosettenville. Your proactive action is praiseworthy and demonstrates firm and decisive leadership.
It is very important to join hands when fighting crime. The divisive approach used by certain leaders will never assist our communities and on the contrary worsens the situation. As ADF we expect clear, concrete and inclusive programmes from the newly elected Mayor of Johannesburg with regard to cleaning the city, providing decent and affordable accommodation to all and managing the informal sector in the inner city with a view to including the players in the private sector and hold them accountable.
We actively oppose and discourage the position of politicians who use…
We can hate foreigners but the truth is, even those people who encourage you to spread the hate today will not do anything for you tomorrow. No one is rich enough to do without his neighbour. Stop xenophobia today.
Malphia Honwane, Gottenburg eManyeletiExtracted from The DailySun 10/02/2017
Herman Mashaba sets Rosetenville on fire. Inciting violence to make himself known. 15 houses belonging to migrants were set on fire yesterday 11th February. The Mayor forgot his own law enforcement agents. Why he doesn't report criminals to the south African police? Instead, his holding public meetings. It's clear the Mayor has an agenda to incite violence. he is saying “illegal migrants” are criminals, forgetting that the Department of Home Affairs doesn't provide permits to migrants, and this issue needs to be addressed. Mashaba is telling South Africans that undocumented immigrants are criminals so they must be kicked out. He is stereotyping immigrants as drugs dealers, abandoned building hijackers, etc…
Appeal to government and political leaders to publicly condemn, take active steps and provide protection for foreign nationals in the light of xenophobic utterances by the mayor of Johannesburg and the planned xenophobic march in Pretoria by the Mamelodi concerned residents as well as the inflammatory social media campaign gainst international migrants living in South Africa.
I apologise that I could not be there to receive your memorandum myself, I was out of the country at the time. I am equally apologetic that it has taken some time for me to formally respond to your memorandum.
I must confess to hold reservations pertaining to the motives in which your organisation has operated, given that your focus was not to engage directly with me. Rather you have elected to stage a public gathering which seemed to be more purposed todriving a campaign to the media.
I further note the letter dated 28 January 2017 that you have sent to the president, copying myself, in which you advance a number of views that stray away from the aims of your organisation and into a political agenda.
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) handing over a memorandum to the Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba for his reckless comments about “illegal migrants”.
Different migrant community leaders, civil society organisations and concerned South African citizens will be gathering this Monday 19th December at 11h00 at the metro-centre (Mayor Herman Mashaba's office) to protest and hand over a memorandum to the Mayor for his reckless comments about “illegal migrants”.
Aforementioned organisations and concerned South African citizens agreed that these comments are dangerous, hostile and can incite violence. These comments are wholly undesirable, given the previous xenophobic incidents in Johannesburg and other parts of the country.
We would like to remind Mayor Herman Mashaba the following :
All are invited this Monday 19th December at 11h00, Metro-centre (Mayor Herman Mashaba's office) pass this message to your neighbour.
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) received the Human Rights Award 2016 edition from the French Republic on 15th December at 9h30.
The award was presented by Minister of Foreign affairs and for Development Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault and the President of the Human Rights Commission Ms. Christine Lazerges. The award was received by Mr. Marc Gbaffou Chairperson of the ADF.
The Commission nationale consultative des droits de l’Homme (CNCDH) is honored to inform you that your application to the Human Rights Prize of the French Republic has been selected.
The jury has deliberated and decided to award your NGO, African Diaspora Forum , which makes you one of the five laureates of the 2016 edition.
We would like to congratulate you and the members of your organisation for the quality and relevance of the project submitted.
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, 15th of December, 9:30 am, at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris. The Prize will be handed over to your representative by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign affairs, and Christine Lazerges, President of the CNCDH.
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The story of Africa is mainly told through numbers we do not own. These numbers represent each child born, each teenager entering the workforce, each adult marrying and starting a family, and each death from a disease that has been eradicated in richer countries.
These numbers currently belong not to our national statistical offices, but, in part, to our donors. They are often used to justify aid funding. If this continent is to reach its full potential, we must take ownership of these numbers so that we can plan for our own people.
The paucity of data collected has given rise to a host of parallel systems put in place to satisfy donor requirements. It also limits our potential. Because we don’t accurately count births, for example, we fail to provide education for our youth, adding to urban unemployment as young people with limited skills flood cities.
There is power in the numbers. Those who control them can push a narrative that serves a purpose. We have yet to see the full benefits of this purpose for African citizens. Too many specific issues get vertical lines of funding. As a result, opportunities to address socio-economic transformation holistically are limited. At times, this system has…
(Extracted from The World Policy Blog)
They were trained and ready to reintegrate into the community for a normal life. Saturday 19th November 2016 saw this great achievement.
Congratulations to the 40 Migrants women from Bienvenue Shelter who graduated after hard work. We are really proud of you. We thank the Bienvenue shelter for giving us the opportunity to serve and pour ourselves out for our sisters. We thank the Christian Women Entrepreneurs Network in Africa (CWENA) for taking such a brilliant initiative to empower our sisters. This was an inspiring session.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all those who through hard work and dedication contributed to the success of the training programs.
We really appreciate the presence of the Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) Marc Gbaffou and Dr. Glenrose Ndhlovu for your support and inspiration that have given another flavour to the graduation ceremony.
This follows a report by Corruption Watch on the alleged corrupt practices of government officials
The treatment of refugees and asylum seekers by the home affairs department in South Africa is a cause for concern in a country considered by many as a beacon of hope in Africa, the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) said on Tuesday.
“We cannot assume that the South African government doesn’t know what is happening here at the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office [in Pretoria]. This facility is managed by an oiled system of corrupt individuals who are employed by home affairs,” said Marc Gbaffou, chairperson of the ADF.
“Prior to 1994, the whole continent was so keen to have South Africa free so that it can lead this continent further. Unfortunately, post 1994 South Africa is turning into what we know today – rejecting Africans and going everywhere claiming that it is receiving them in bulk and taking care of them.”
Scores of activists from civic society groups including ADF, Lawyers for Human Rights, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa and Corruption Watch gathered near the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office demanding an end to endemic extortion and corruption cited in the Corruption Watch report titled “Project Lokisa: Asylum at a Price” released on Tuesday.
“The Department of Home Affairs has to respond to any of the…
(Extracted from The Citizen)
Interested candidates to send their CVs to or else contact Mr. Star Nkanyezi Ndlovu on 0827274158 or 0105952312. Thank you very much
African Diaspora forum (ADF), the Africa Unit (AU), the Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC), The Trust for Community Outreach and Education(TCOE) cordially invite you to join hundreds of delegates drawn from labour, youth, human rights networks, grassroots movements, Women organisations, faith based organisations, in the upcoming SADC People's Summit 2017, to be held from 16th to 18th August at the Constitution Hill located at 11 Kotze Street in Johannesburg.
The summit will touch on migration, human rights abuses, Free movement in the African continent, the rule of law, good governance, Xenophobia… etc
Resolutions of the Summit to be brought to the attention of the Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of States and Governments that will take place between 19th-20th August 2017.
Please come participate to this unique opportunity as we try and raise our voices against above challenges facing the SADC region and the entire continent.
Summit scheduled for this Thursday at exactly 14:00 at the Consitution HIll, Program will be on migration. See the attached program for your information
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in partnership with the Gauteng Provincial Government, Carnival Company and Channel Africa invite members of the Media and the broader community to the Africa Day Carnival and Festival in Johannesburg on Saturday 27th May 2017 at 09:00 am.
The activities of Africa Day are as detailed in the attached program.
This carnival is the main event of our Africa Week celebrations, which began on 20th May 2017 and has pulled together thousands of South African citizens and the African Diaspora community in South Africa to celebrate the vision of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) founders, who argued for a united and prosperous Africa for all.
The carnival will feature a 6,5 kilometre parade across Yeoville, Berea and Hillbrow and the festival at the Barnato High School in Berea from 9h00 am onwards, together with music, entertainments and foods.
The event will be graced by the Premier of Gauteng, the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, different Ambassadors and Consul Generals as well as representatives of African Community leaders living in South Africa, Human Rights activists etc…
The theme of this year is “Better Africa for All”
For more information, please contact:
Johnson Emeka at 072 172 7393 or
by calling our office landlines +2711 487 1430 / +2710 595 2312 or
Dear colleagues, This serves to inform you that our current office is becoming smaller by day, as ADF is receiving more and more people per week and many students are applying to come and train with us. This means that ADF is growing each day and we will therefore be moving to a new bigger office space on the 1st of May 2017. The new office is located at number 27 Ellis Street, corner Arthur Street, Belleview East, Yeoville.
The Gauteng Local Division of the High Court today dismissed an application of more than 25 students of the University of the Witwatersrand to interdict the University and restrict it from commencing its year-end examinations, and postponing examinations by at least two weeks. Their preparations had been curtailed, through no fault of their own, by recent #FeesMustFall protests on campus and the University’s response to them.
Their attempts to engage with University management on the matter fell on deaf ears. Faced with the possibility of being forced to write exams that they would be likely to fail, the students approached the court for relief. SERI represented the students when the matter was heard earlier in the week on an urgent basis.
In his judgment, van Der Linde J acknowledged that the protests and the University’s response to them “made for an atmosphere that was generally not conducive to learning, but particularly not to examination.” SERI argued that the right to the…
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Johannesburg - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday said it did not believe that King Goodwill Zwelithini was guilty of promoting or propagating hatred against migrants on March 15, 2015, during a speech in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal.
The SAHRC transcribed the speech given in isiZulu by the king that upset a lot of people and lead to over 30 complaints lodged against him at the SAHRC. These complaints were lead by the African Diaspora Forum.
The commission said that a direct translation of Zwelithini's speech from isiZulu to English might have led to misinterpretations.
According to the commission, there was no evidence that there was a casual link between the words uttered by Zwelithini and the violent attacks on migrants in Isipingo and nearby areas that started on March 30, 2015.
Zwelithini had previously asked the SAHRC to investigate whether the media had misrepresented his speech.
Because this didn't fall completely within its jurisdiction, the SAHRC said that the king's misgivings would be referred to relevant parties for investigation, such as the BCCSA, Press Ombudsman and Icasa.
The commission did, however, find that Zwelithini's speech could be reasonably construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be hurtful with regards to statements which contributed to the serious psychological and emotional harm experienced by migrants.
It also found that his speech could be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to be harmful, adding that it could perpetuate discrimination against, and marginalisation of, migrants.
The commission recommended that Zwelithini continue efforts at reconciling South Africans and migrants in KwaZulu-Natal and that he continue with his own proposed plan to address allegations of xenophobia levelled against him in the media.
It also said he should continue with his promise to see that a Peace Accord, which he committed to help draft, was formally signed and publicised.
The king has 60 days to present the SAHRC with a report on his implementation of the recommendations and the results thereof.
(Extracted from News 24)
The African Diaspora Forum in partnership with Carnival Company, the Gauteng province and the City of Tshwane celebrated heritage on the 24th September 2016 in Tshwane in ospices of African unity. The newly elected Mayor of of Tshwane Honorable Msimanga, the Premier of Gauteng Honorable David Makhura and the Chairperson of the African Diaspora Forum were present.
The majority of pupils from international migrant communities are being depreived their right to basic education as they are allegedly excluded from government schools.
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) Chairperson Mr Marc Gbaffou, said that it was a major concern that an overwhelming number of pupils from their communities
struggled to attend school at the beginning of each year. “We understand that the department's official data shows that 9000 children are still out of school in Gauteng ” he said.
Demanding an explanation from Gauteng MEC of education Panyaza Lesufi to clarify whether the figure includes out-of-school foreign pupils.
(extracted from The Citizen newspaper) Read full article
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) has the pleasure to invite all Media professionals to a Press Conference at its Office located at 9 Harley Street, Cnr Old Harrow Road, Yeoville,Johannesburg.
Issues to be addressed:
Date: Tuesday 6th September 2016
Venue: ADF Office located at 9 Harley Street Old Harrow Road, Yeoville, JHB
Time: 12H00 Noon
TIMES newspaper Group in partnership with the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) have initiated the tame TIMES Diaspora online website which will be used as a platform to disseminate information between migrants in South Africa and their families across the African continent. This is a platform were the migrants can be able to share stories on what is happening in different countries away from home. The website is the first initiative which will be followed by a monthly newspaper in future depending on the progress of the newspaper. On Thursday 1 September 2016 at 15:00 pm. The tame Times IT specialists and Editor in chief will be conducting a website training on how to post stories on the website using a WordPress. The workshop will be held at ADF offices in yeoville. For more infos please visit www.tametimesdiaspora.co.za
On 26th August, ADF had a discussion with high profile guests from the Common Purpose South Africa about challenges faced by foreign nationals by the Health System in the Country.
A Community Workshop in Orange Farm will be held this coming Saturday 20th August 2016 at 10:00 on "Community Dialogue". This is to foster Social Cohesion, Eradicate Xenophobia, Racism and any other form of discriminations. The ADF is encouraging members and all concerned citizens to join us. Venue: Garvenmbeki Primary School, Extension 3.
Listen to Rendez-Vous Africa, the weekly offering in French VOW FM, where Africans meet South Africans. The show is produced by the African French-speaking community, it proposes a variety of local packages and cultural news, short feature programmes from Radio France Internationale (RFI) as well as African francophone music for you to enjoy.
Tune in every Tuesday between 19.30 – 20.00 as we take you on the lives, work, business, entertainment and issues faced by our fellow brothers, sisters, friends and colleagues, living in South Africa. The programme is brought to you by the French Institute of South Africa, Radio France Internationale (RFI), the African Diaspora Forum and Voice of Wits (VOW FM 88.1FM).
Listen to our podcasts here: rendez-vous-africa-podcast
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) is following with great concern the upsurge of xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals and their businesses in Pretoria(Gauteng) where five (5) people were reported killed.
We are made to understand that the origin of the violent destruction, attacks and killings are in no way related to the presence and activities of the migrants in South Africa.
Major reports see these tensions as results of South African partisan politics due to the upcoming municipal elections.
We are concerned that it has become a culture that foreign nationals are attacked…
On Thursday 02 June 2016, His Majesty King Mthimkhulu III of amaHlubi tribe in his effort to unite Africans has announced that International migrants are welcome in South Africa. He told the media during a press briefing at the African Diaspora Forum's headquarters in Yeoville.
We were very honored, to meet with the Premier on the morning of 13 May 2016, we were able to discuss several issues relating to migrants:
“Honorable David Makhura, you are taking your time to meet with the migrant community, to listen to us, and to tell us your plan to work for an integrated province. Those who don't know you will be surprised. for some of us, we knew that you are that Premier who takes time to listen and to provide solutions. Just to refresh our memories…” Read the full letter
ADF members (lime green T-shirts) explain Xenophobia and Social Cohesion to Grade 8 & 9 School children
The French Institute of South Africa, Radio France Internationale (RFI), the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) and Voice of Wits join forces to launch a new weekly radio show in French, portraying the daily life of the French-speaking African diaspora in Johannesburg.
Catch the show of “Rendez-Vous Africa” Tuesdays from 19:30 to 20:00 on Voice of Wits [88.1FM].
With more than 4 million residents, Johannesburg is one of the most cosmopolitan African cities welcoming communities from around the world including African francophone communities. The African French-speaking diaspora is mainly represented by peoples from Congo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. The project is a platform for the French-speaking communities which aims to promote the integration of the diaspora as well as dialogue within the South African society. The 30 minute show will be broadcast every Tuesday between 19h30 and 20h00 and podcasted on-line at www.vowfm.co.za It will be produced by the African French-speaking community and will propose a variety of local reports and cultural news, short feature programmes from RFI as well as African francophone music.
Frédéric Chambon, Regional Head of Media, Film & Music at the French Embassy/French Institute in South Africa, says “Our support to Rendez-vous Africa is part of our actions to promote French-speaking cultures, the French language as well as French broadcast media such as RFI. Three RFI's programmes will be part of the radio show: Les Mots de l'Actualité, La Chronique de Mamane and Le Journal des Sports Afrique”.
For Marc Gbaffou, President of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), the idea is to show the positive side of immigration, and help to change the image of migrants that prevails in the media - either seen as victims or as criminals: “We will show through Rendez-vous Africa the cultural, intellectual and social wealth of the communities. We also want to show that migrants are people like everyone else, with dreams, aspirations and concerns very similar to those of South Africans.”
Mike Smurthwaite, Director of Voice of Wits (VOW FM), emphasizes on the inclusion of various communities in the radio show programmes: “Johannesburg is a real melting pot of cultures, many are from countries other than South Africa. Voice of Wits wants to reach and involve communities living in Johannesburg and specifically around Braamfontein where the radio is based. It seemed logical to offer this platform, to promote social cohesion and cultural education. We are proud to partner with the ADF and the French Institute of South Africa in what we hope will be a long term project.”
ADF has launched the Social Cohesion in Orange Farm on 16 April 2016.
The township has welcomed the initiative.
ADF organised on Saturday 2nd April 2016, in Katlehong, a soccer tournament on social cohesion. This event also saw many cultural performances (dance, poetry, etc...)
Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of slavery. The theme of this year’s event is “Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots”.
To mark this day, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in collaboration with the African Diaspora Forum is hosting an educational and commemorative event on the 17th of March for students and the general public in the UNIC Library.
Date: 17 March 2016
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: UNIC Library
RSVP by 15th March 2016
Contact Sally: 012 354 8505
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 4 March 2016: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has welcomed Ghana’s decision to introduce a visa-on-arrival policy for citizens of African Union Member States. The President of Ghana, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, announced the decision in his State of the Nations address to the Ghanaian Parliament on 25 February 2016.
“With effect from July this year, we will be allowing citizens of AU Member States to enter - our country and obtain visas on arrival with the option to stay for up to thirty days and experience what our country has to offer. This measure, with time, should stimulate air travel, trade, investment and tourism”, President Mahama said in his address, highlighting the importance of facilitating the mobility of people to unlock Africa’s economic potential.
The decision is a result of a… Read more…
Ms Lubelihle Banda:
ADF Woman's League Chairperson
ADF Woman's League Executive
Unveiling of the logo
Celebrating the launch
Join us as we launch “ADF WOMAN'S LEAGUE” São Paulo, Saturday 20, February, 2016 29th January 2016, ADF launched a social cohesion project in Katlehong (Ekurhuleni Municipality).
This project is supported by the French embassy in South Africa, the CCFD-TERRESOLIDAIRE.
The project which will last for 18 months, will cover the following townships : Katlehong, Alexandra, Orange Farm, Etwatwa, Diepsloot. African migrants have been killed unlawfully by the South African police service on regular basis. This evening of 24 January 2016 at 18h00
on ANN7, Marc Gbaffou ADF Chairperson and Johnson Emeka Chairman of ANIDSA denouncing the police brutality which claimed the life of another
migrant of Nigerian Nationality, Mr Daniel Chinedu Timothy, born 12 June 1982. He was murdered in the hands of the police on Saturday, 23rd January in
Kempton Park, East Rand, South Africa. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) has requested a private investigation to shed light on the case. The ADF offices have moved to new premises,
Entrance Free Performances by African artists
Lunch will be served
Yeoville Community School
77 Muller Street
Date: 27 February 2016
Time: 10:00am to 3:30pm
PLENARY SESSION OF THE ORGANIZING COMMISSIONS OF THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM ON MIGRATIONS 2016 posted on 09 Feb 2016
On the way to the 7th World Social Forum on Migrations
We would like to invite you to the Plenary of the Organizing Commissions towards the 7th World Social Forum on Migrations - WSFM, São Paulo in 2016! In September 2015, São Paulo was chosen by the International Committee of the World Social Forum, to host the 7th World Social Forum on Migration. In view of its preparation, a Local Organizing Committee was launched on December the 10th, together with a bundle of themes issued by the organizing committees. These Committees met during the month of January and beginning of February, to build proposals and strategies that will be presented for debate and consideration. The Plenary will take place on Saturday, February the 20th, from 3 pm till 7 pm (Brasilian hour) at the Universidade Zumbi dos Palmares, located at Av Santos Dumont, 843, Armenia, São Paulo - SP.
The World Social Forum on Migration was launched in 2005 in Porto Alegre as a thematic space of the World Social Forum, and was hold successively in Madrid, Quito, Manila and Johannesburg. After taking place in four continents, it returns in 2016 to Latin America and aims to be a convergence of struggles for a more fair and united world. Migrants and their protagonism are in the center of the Forum, under the following call: “Migrants Building Alternatives to Disorder and Global Crisis of Capital”.
The plenary session is open and will be transmitted online by TV Perseus Abramo. Please use this registration form or register by e-mail to Don't hesitate to share our web page and viralize the available information. For more information please contact our technical secretariat at: Rua Bernardo Magalhães, 203 - Tatuape - Sao Paulo. Phone: 0055 11 23842275/79. E-mail: .
social cohesion project in Katlehong (Ekurhuleni Municipality) posted on 05 Feb 2016
African migrants have been killed unlawfully by the South African police posted on 25 Jan 2016
ADF moves to bigger premises posted on 06 Jan 2016
you can see the new office in the picture.
Our new addres is:
9 Harley Street
corner Old Harrow Road
São Paulo, Saturday 20, February, 2016
29th January 2016, ADF launched a social cohesion project in Katlehong (Ekurhuleni Municipality). This project is supported by the French embassy in South Africa, the CCFD-TERRESOLIDAIRE. The project which will last for 18 months, will cover the following townships : Katlehong, Alexandra, Orange Farm, Etwatwa, Diepsloot.
African migrants have been killed unlawfully by the South African police service on regular basis. This evening of 24 January 2016 at 18h00 on ANN7, Marc Gbaffou ADF Chairperson and Johnson Emeka Chairman of ANIDSA denouncing the police brutality which claimed the life of another migrant of Nigerian Nationality, Mr Daniel Chinedu Timothy, born 12 June 1982. He was murdered in the hands of the police on Saturday, 23rd January in Kempton Park, East Rand, South Africa. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) has requested a private investigation to shed light on the case.
The ADF offices have moved to new premises,
Dear colleagues, brothers & sisters, The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) lost a member.
Our Cameroonian brother and popular journalist, photographer and producer Mr. Djoyum Djoyou Bertrand (known as Santini) passed away this Tuesday 21 June 2016 in Johannesburg ( Charlotte Maxeke Hospital) after being run over by a car in an accident that occurred in Yeoville on Sunday morning. Ironically, it was a Pastor that ran him over while rushing to the Sunday service. May his soul rest in peace.
Night vigil & funeral with corpse is scheduled at Church Hall of St Francis Catholic church Yeoville from 20h00 on Friday 01 July 2016. All are called to be present and/or contribute to repatriate his corpse home to his family.
Gauteng Premiere David Makhura and ADF Chair Marc Gbaffou at a press briefing
A street procession through Yeoville on Africa Day 25 May 2016
Leading the parade Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Consul general of Nigeria Uche Ajulu -Okeke nad ADF Chair Marc Gbaffou
“UNITED IN OUR DIVERSITY” The Africa Week Festival is a commemorative and celebratory event, first held in 2010, which takes place every year in the Johannesburg inner-city suburbs of Yeoville Bellevue in recognition of Africa Day (25 May). The Africa Week Festival is a project of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF), an NGO working for an integrated society, free of all forms of discriminations incl. xenophobia, racism, sexism.
The aim of this event is to stage an annual Africa Week Festival which:
Date: 21 - 28 May 2017
Venue: Yeoville Recreation Center, 36 Raleigh Street, Yeoville
The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre in association with the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) invite you to a screening of THE BURNING MAN (2008) Directed by Adze Ugah.
On May 18th 2008 Alfabeto Nhamauve, A Mozambican national was burnt to death by a xenophobic mob in a JOhannesburg township. Adze Ugah, a Nigerian born film maker, residing in Johannesburg, embarks on a journey, not just of discovery but also to restore the identity of the main mainstream media dubbed “The Burning Man” See the poster…
Date: Monday 23 May 2016
Venue: Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre
Address: 1 Duncombe Road (Cnr Jan Smuts), Forestown
R.S.V.P.: , (011)640 3100
The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) together with many civil society organisations, some concerned residents, faith based organisations, human rights movements, are organising a march for Tolerance and Social Cohesion in South Africa.
Date: 12th February 2015
Starting/Assemby Point: Peter Roos Park (Empire Road corner Queen street in Parktown),
Route: Empire Road to Claim Street, Jeppe street to Von Wielligh to Carlton Center.
All are welcome. Write and bring your message promoting peace.
Submitted by ADF on Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:50
To : His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa
Cc: Minister of Home Affairs, Honorable Malusi Gigaba
Minister of Police, Honorable Nkosinathi Nhleko
Re: Increase xenophobic violence in South Africa: Concerns of the African Diaspora Forum (ADF)
We have been engaged in working for a society free of xenophobia and all forms of discrimination since 2008. At our level, with little resources, we have managed to reach out to communities in Alexandra… read more
Since the 19th January 2015, a new wave of xenophobic attacks erupted in South Africa at Snake Park (Soweto). After three weeks of continued attacks in other parts of Johannesburg and the country, international migrants in South Africa are still victimised on a daily basis. The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) wrote an open letter to President Zuma… Read more
ADF just awarded today (21/10/2015) as Ambassadors of positive value, for promoting the integration of the migrant community in South Africa:
Adv. Thuli Madonsela, Public Protector of South Africa Zwelinzima Vavi former COSATU secretary General
PAN AFRICAN AWARDS
Ambassador of positive values 2015
Theme: “Living Together”, “Sisonke”
Date: Saturday 16 May 2015
Time: 09:00 to 14:00
Venue: Yeoville Recreation Centre, 36 Cnr Raleigh & Fortesque, Yeoville, Johannesburg