On the occasion of Africa Day, celebrated every May 25, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a shock speech at the “Cradle of Humanity” square on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
For Cyril Ramaphosa, it’s not a time for festivities, but rather a time for reflection on how to extricate the continent from the conflicts in which it is embroiled.
The South African head of state appealed for peace to the protagonists of the fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Mozambique and Sudan.
“Africans want to promote peace, no matter where conflicts break out, that’s our mission in life”, he declared.
It was also an opportunity for President Cyril Ramaphosa to defend his neutrality on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
“We see Africa being dragged into conflicts that are far removed from it. Some countries, including ours, are threatened with sanctions for pursuing an independent foreign policy and adopting a position of non-alignment”, he insisted,
“Africans are independent and they work for peace“, he added.