The 3rd Ordinary Session of the fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will be held at its headquarters in Midrand, from 07 to 19 October 2019 as initially planned. This has been confirmed by the Bureau of the PAP following an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday, 24 September 2019.

The possibility of a change of dates had been explored amid concerns raised by members of the PAP in light of the xenophobic violence that occurred earlier this month and led to loss of lives and property among other casualties. The Bureau cites measures taken by the South African government to guarantee peace and security as a key reason to go ahead with next month’s statutory meeting.

After thorough consultations with various stakeholders including South African authorities and the PAP Secretariat, the Bureau has concluded that enormous efforts have been made to ensure a safe environment for all participants during the upcoming session of Parliament. “As we continue to monitor the situation, we are reassured by the security measures put in place and the leadership role played by H.E Cyril RAMAPHOSA and his government to root out these unfortunate incidents,” notes the Bureau of the PAP.

The Bureau has also reiterated its condemnation for the attacks of Africans by fellow Africans and urges all actors to find a durable solution to make South Africa a safe haven for all Africans residing in this nation.

The 3rd Ordinary Session of the fifth Parliament will be held under the African Union theme of 2019: “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa.’’

The Bureau therefore urges and encourages all the PAP MP’s and other participants to proceed with preparations and attend the planned Ordinary Session.



For the Bureau

The Rt.Hon. Roger Nkodo DANG

President of the Pan-African Parliament