The ANC and the South African Human Rights Commission (HRC) have also expressed concern over reports of alleged discrimination and abuse by Africans living and working in Guangdong province in China. However, the Chinese government insists that everyone be treated fairly and with human dignity and respect.
Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry, said in response that all foreigners were treated equally. “We reject unequal treatment and we do not tolerate discrimination.”
However, the ANC still calls on the Communist Party of China to investigate these alleged reports and take the appropriate corrective measures.
ANC spokesman Pule Mabe said in a statement on Sunday that the ruling party views the Communist Party of China as a friend and strategic political and economic partner, as China does not have a colonial history with Africa.
According to Mabe, the ANC is also aware of the Chinese government’s defense that there is no discrimination against Africans in this country. “We are calling on the Chinese authorities to expedite the investigation process so that appropriate action can be taken,” Mabe said.
The HRC has meanwhile also indicated that it is concerned about the reports that would be a violation of human rights such as human dignity, equality and other related rights, should this be true, depending on what actually happened.
“The commission hopes that governments around the world will continue to work in the fight against Covid-19 and that not only some, but everyone will recognize that stigma and discrimination do nothing to promote the fight,” the HRC said on Sunday.