Africa Day call to eradicate 'negative aspects of tribalism'

As the continent marks Africa Day, Africa Melane speaks to member of the Tribal Freedom Fighters, Bizo Kabeya about the group's objectives.

Kabeya says it's working towards a society free of the divisions caused by the negative effects of tribalism.

We can refer to many countries such as Rwanda, even South Africa back in the years - the Zulus and the Xhosas... many countries in Africa have experienced some form of violence in one way or another coming from the negative aspects of tribalism.

Bizo Kabeya, Member - Tribal Freedom Fighters

Our aim is to eradicate this division and create a society that is united, that works together for the good of whatever nation or country they're part of.

Bizo Kabeya, Member - Tribal Freedom Fighters

But how does a society achieve this?

Kabeya says part of the group's focus is to raise awareness about the true value of appreciating your own culture.

It plans to create centres and hold concerts featuring big stars to celebrate Africa.

We will have to focus on the positive aspects - the roots of tribalism, tribalism finds its roots in a culture.

Bizo Kabeya, Member - Tribal Freedom Fighters

A culture is there to cultivate the person and allow the person to discover who he is.

Bizo Kabeya, Member - Tribal Freedom Fighters

It is also looking at ways to involve formal leadership structures through government.

To that end, a march to Parliament will take place on Saturday.

People are asked to gather at the e-learning parking lot of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) on Keizersgracht Street at noon, with the march set to start at 1 pm.

For more from Kabeya, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Africa Day call to eradicate 'negative aspects of tribalism'


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