The World Health Organisation (WHO) Sub-Saharan Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says Africa loses $88 billion each year through illicit financial flows which could have been injected into the continent’s economies for sustainable development.

Delivering the 21st annual Steve Biko lecture, she says with stronger political will to address corruption and maladministration, African countries would be able to successfully maintain their nations and gain negotiating power on the global stage.

Ant-apartheid activist Biko was killed in police custody 44 years ago.

The 21st Steve Biko Memorial Lecture:

However, Moeti says the COVID-19 pandemic has helped some African leaders realise opportunities for self-sufficiency.

She has commended South Africa for standing up to open the first mRNA vaccine hub in Africa.

Doctor Moeti says being able to create and build for one’s own people is a principle of black consciousness.

She says for South Africa to go ahead with the hub in Cape Town without commitment from big pharmaceutical companies, shows the continent’s dedication to eventually rely on itself.