ATTENTION NEWS EDITOR
African Christian Democratic Party,
16th April 2020
ACDP CONDEMNS GROSS ABUSE METED OUT
TO AFRICANS IN CHINA
* URGES GOVT TO SUMMON CHINESE AMBASSADOR
TO ACCOUNT FOR VIOLATIONS.
Statement by Bongani Luthuli, ACDP NEC member.
“The ACDP expresses is utmost condemnation and regret at the reported discrimination and gross violations of human rights of Africans in the Chinese Province of Guangzhou.
It is now accepted that the reports are true and have since been corroborated by China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, who conceded that there was discrimination against Africans in the province due to the Coronavirus epidemic. Despite this confession, the spokesperson went on to blame the US on these reports being perpetuated.
The ACDP views this statement as problematic and concerning as it demonstrates how little China cares about the African continent. Instead of genuinely apologizing for the discrimination, it plays to the international gallery by attributing the spread of the reports to its opposite number in the global stage.
McDonalds China has also confirmed that its stores have refused to serve African black customers.
We do not know what informs the discrimination of black people given that the Coronavirus broke out in China and not in Africa.
The ACDP calls on the South African government to join other African countries by summoning the Chinese Ambassador to South Africa to account to us about these violations. Although some South Africans were repatriated from China, we still have a large number of our nationals in that country.
We understand that the ANC led government has strong ties with China, which played a significant part in the addition of South Africa to BRICS, we however implore our government to put aside its narrow interests and put South Africa and its people first.
Since South Africa also holds the African Union chairmanship, we implore that our government takes strong measures and a stance that will serve as a lodestar to the continent in the fight against discrimination and violations of the rights of our people.”