Editor's Note

The dream that should be

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Africa had a dream. Her dream was freedom, equality for all despite gender-race-age, free movement and trade, accessible healthcare, education for all and above all, togetherness, strength in numbers and free movement. Today, the dream is unfortunately still that, a dream.

The past weeks have exposed a major weakness in the psyche of Africans. A glaring lack of unity, an inherent dislike for one another based on nationality and even worse off a gross lack of respect for our mothers, daughters and sisters. Africa is in trouble, the South African constitution is being violated and the basic human rights have been shredded.

Our brothers and sisters have taken it upon themselves to brutalise one another, all in the name of survival and competing for scarce resources. The world has watched as certain parts of SA have been up in flames. The rest of the continent has reacted with anger, sadness and condemnation. It has been a typical example of the lack of unity on our continent.

These actions have been largely dismissed in some speres as simply as the work of criminal elements. Reckless and irresponsible statements have been issued by some leaders, half baked apologies have been issued by some, and a whole country has been painted with the same brush based on the actions of a few. Those cruel few who have no doubt been encouraged by the lack of swift action from those who receive our hard earned tax money, whichever way we look at it and whatever lens we use this has been shameful. A shame displayed for the world to see.

In this century there should be no room for Xenophobia, there should be no room for gender related abuse, above all there is absolutely no reason or excuse for taking another human beings life. We as Africans are in a moment of shame. Its time a brother spoke to another brother and emphatically explains that there is no room for this in Africa. We simply cannot be silent.

The 17th of October is recognised as international day for the eradication of poverty. The first official commemoration took place in Paris, France in 1987 when 100 000 people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadero to honour victims of poverty, hunger, violence and fear. The premise of the day is that wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. It is our duty to ensure we uplift those less fortunate. Look around you and assist where you can. The actions of a few can change our world.

As you enjoy the latest instalment of Leadership remember that we are one. And remind those who have forgotten that Africa has a dream. The dream starts with you. Let no one tell you otherwise. Together, we can.

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