How South Africa is viewed across African continent is crucial - Zeinab Badawi
In November last year, 702Breakfast spoke to BBC’s Zeinab Badawi about the need to tell our own stories on the African continent when BBC launching the second season of History of Africa, which she presents.
Badawi moderated a discussion which forms part of the BBC’s interactive Global Questions series which focused on whether South Africa is viewed across Africa and the world.
She joins Bongani Bingwa to discuss the series.
I think South Africa is an incredibly important country and it was very paramount in media coverage and people's interest around the world because of the apartheid era and the evil injustices that were perpetrated during that period.Zeinab Badawi, Presenter - BBC's History of Africa
She believes that a lot of people don't know how South Africa has moved on post-Nelson Mandela and says the is a tendency that freezes the thinking of the country to the former stalwart.
There is a struggle now about the country's place in the continent of Africa and by extension in the world. There is interest in the country, but people are seeking guidance on what the country's place in Africa is.Zeinab Badawi, Presenter - BBC's History of Africa
Economically South Africa is acknowledged as a powerhouse in the African continent, she says.
The series is an exercise of citizens expressing their views, we act as an intercessor between the people and their leaders.Zeinab Badawi, Presenter - BBC's History of Africa
People should be aware of making sweeping statements about a country, such as calling it Afrophobic or xenophobic, she adds.
However, there is a minority that will take the hostility and concerns about immigrant and migrant communities a step further than a lot of other communities in the world. By that I mean they will turn to violence. That for me as an African is extremely difficult to see.Zeinab Badawi, Presenter - BBC's History of Africa
Listen below to the full conversation below:
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