Former President Thabo Mbeki has expressed concern about the resurgence of identity politics in South Africa and in many other parts of the continent.

Mbeki was giving the opening comments at the Africa Day Lecture in Pretoria, on Friday.

Mbeki says countries like South Africa are still grappling with the issue of nationhood.

The former President says South Africa still has some way to go in establishing an inclusive national identity.

10th Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture

Giving the 10th Thabo Mbeki Africa Day Lecture at Unisa, former Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, says the historic victory of African forces in Ethiopia over Italian aggressors in the 19th century shows the power of African unity against external forces.

Desalegn says Africa continues to battle with issues of division and ethnic differences. He however he notes that much can be achieved when Africans stand together.