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EDITORIAL | Pandor, Modise on the improper facet of historical past with Russia

Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) is being acquired by South African International Minister Naledi Pandor (R) inside his official visits in Pretoria, South Africa on 23 January 2023.

Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Company through Getty Pictures

The ANC’s continued assist of Russia is an indictment on the get together’s dedication to democracy, human rights and the rule of legislation, writes the News24 editorial group.

South Africans would rightfully have skilled a way of disgrace after they noticed Worldwide Relations Minister Naledi Pandor sing for her supper subsequent to her Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Monday in Pretoria.

The world’s pariah has discovered a protected, welcoming haven in South Africa, whereas different nations who consider in democracy, human rights and sovereignty would have arrested Lavrov when he set foot on our shores.

Not South Africa, nor the ANC-led authorities that claims to champion human rights and the rule of legislation.

On the identical day, Defence Minister Thandi Modise defended the federal government’s choice to host a maritime train with China and Russia in February – precisely a yr after Russia unilaterally invaded Ukraine in a warfare that has claimed greater than 200 000 lives to date.

No hype 

We can’t think about a extra cynical occasion than enjoying warfare video games with an aggressor like Russia on the anniversary of that nation’s invasion of an impartial state.

In an amateurish try to justify the maritime train, Modise’s workplace states “there was no hype” about different navy actions with nations like the UK, Ghana and Nigeria up to now.

Effectively, Minister Modise, none of those nations unilaterally invaded an impartial state once we hosted them in South Africa. If you don’t perceive why internet hosting an aggressor sanctioned from doing enterprise with most democracies justifies “hype”, you might be genuinely not match to your job.

For her half, Pandor sat quietly listening to Lavrov spreading lies about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s alleged refusal to barter a peace settlement with Russia. Within the first place, why ought to Ukraine negotiate for peace when Russia attacked them?

Faraway from Mandela’s instance

Secondly, Zelensky has been open to negotiations however with strict preconditions, like Russian troops withdrawing from Ukraine and occupied land being returned to the impartial state. Who can blame him?

It was former president Nelson Mandela who refused to barter with the felony Nationwide Occasion in direction of the top of apartheid when the Nats couldn’t give an endeavor to instantly stop state-sponsored violence in opposition to activists. Mandela realised you may not negotiate peace over the barrel of a gun.

Sadly, the ANC of 2023 is to date faraway from Mandela’s instance and beliefs that the likes of Pandor and Modise more and more resemble PW Botha and Magnus Malan as a substitute of the battle heroes of yore.

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