South Africa: Finding Solutions to Challenges Such As International Migration Through Dialogue and Diplomacy


Our country's fortunes and future are intrinsically linked to that of the continent. It is important that we continue to work closely with the diplomatic community as bridge-builders.

Following the troubling and embarrassing events of the past few weeks that have seen scores of African migrants living in South Africa being hounded out of the spaces they occupy, Dr Naledi Pandor (Minister of International Relations and Co-operation) invited diplomats accredited to Pretoria for a dialogue on how best we can work together to sustain South Africa's character as a welcoming nation that regards diversity as a strength.

The escalation of violence, intimidation and death witnessed recently require of us to draw on every ounce of wisdom to devise impactful responses, working with the international community as represented by the many diplomats resident in Pretoria. As diplomats, our role is to bring nations together and seek solutions through dialogue. We must do this in a manner that will enhance stability and peace.

The origin and sources of organised violence must be identified. The police have dedicated resources and personnel to act against the perpetrators of the crimes. Many suspects have been arrested, and we trust that our criminal justice system will...

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