Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma sat down with Azania Mosaka in honour of Africa Day to discuss the African Union's plans for Africa's future.
In honour of the 52nd celebration of African Unity, the conversation looked at Agenda 2063 - a document which captures Africans' idea of the future of the continent with a focus on agriculture, technology, land rights and the free movement of people on the African continent.
What makes this Agenda exciting and different in my view is that the first draft came from the people - it's what people wanted. So it's not an agenda for governments, it's an agenda for every single one of us.— African Union Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
In light of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa, the theme for this year's Africa Day was ironically "We are Africa".
In her conversation with Azania, Dlamini-Zuma highlighted the importance of having serious discussions around free movement across the continent:
We are also going to start discussing free movement of people, West Africa has done very well within ECOWAS - there is complete free movement of people now within ECOWAS and in fact they are moving to the next stage where they are going to have an ECOWAS ID and remove work permits from within ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States).— African Union Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Speaking on the recent spate of xenophobic attacks, Dlamini-Zuma urged South Africans to understand that they are Africans; she chided South Africans for often distancing themselves from the African continent in conversation.
The mindset that tells you that subconsciously, because South Africa was isolated from the rest of Africa because of Apartheid for so long we almost lost the fact and the understanding that we are part of this continent. Whereas the other Africans, though they were barred from visiting South Africa, they were doing a lot of work to assist South Africans to be free so they were connected with us all the time. South Africa's freedom was for them like their own countries being free ...— African Union Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Watch the video of the entire discussion below: