Nasty” SA “brutality”: Move Pan-African Parliament – GRASAG

Members of the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) have called for the relocation of the Pan-African Parliament from South Africa. This follows the recent xenophobic attacks on some Africans of black origin by black South Africans. According to the association, South Africa is not showing commitment to African unity, hence, it is unfit to host the Pan-African parliament. Speaking at its handing-over ceremony held over the weekend at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the president of the association, Mr Samuel Sagoe, stated that: “The continual nasty and inappropriate act of brutality on some Africans who are going about their normal duty in a fellow African country is unacceptable.

“The danger is that the same hatred, if not curtailed, could be extended to foreign students pursuing their post-graduate studies in South Africa. And this is why GRASAG is worried.” Three Ghanaians have been injured in the ongoing xenophobic unrest in South Africa. Ghana’s High Commission in South Africa says it is ensuring that the injured Ghanaians receive the necessary medical attention.

The mission further reported that on 5 September 2019, the South African security agencies commenced an exercise to check the resident permits of foreigners residing in Sunnyside, a suburb of Pretoria. Five Ghanaians have so far been arrested and detained at the Sunnyside police station in that exercise. “Officials of the High Commission have visited the police station to provide consular assistance to the detained Ghanaians and are following up on the matter,” a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. Nigerians and other black African nationals living in South Africa have been under attack from the locals. The South Africans claim black foreigners have taken over their jobs and, thus, have attacked their businesses and looted their shops in a wave of xenophobic attacks that have received worldwide condemnation.