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Many South Africans were ig­no­rant about Cuba’s role in the free­dom of Africa in gen­eral, and South Africa in par­tic­u­lar, un­til the ar­rival of the Cuban Five, who have en­dured more than 15 years of un­just im­pris­on­ment in the US.

It is clear there is de­lib­er­ate and sys­tem­atic mis­in­for­ma­tion by those re­spon­si­ble to dis­sem­i­nate in­for­ma­tion about the history of our coun­try.

The public broad­caster is guilty, par­tic­u­larly be­cause it has a duty to in­form the public, dur­ing prime time, about our history.

De­spite a US-im­posed eco­nomic block­ade that lasted for more than 50 years, Cuba was able to un­con­di­tion­ally of­fer its sol­i­dar­ity to the an­ti­colo­nial­ist strug­gle.

While we should note the change in the US’s tone re­gard­ing its re­la­tions with Cuba, it is im­por­tant to of­fer our sol­i­dar­ity to the coun­try be­cause the fact that the US has toned it down does not mean it sees Cuba in a dif­fer­ent way.

We should also re­mem­ber we are a peo­ple who re­ceived the great­est in­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity and also of­fered sol­i­dar­ity to other op­pressed peo­ple.

The best place to be­gin is in Africa. We need to speak out on the atroc­i­ties hap­pen­ing in neigh­bour­ing Swaziland.

For us to con­tinue ap­pre­ci­at­ing the sol­i­dar­ity we re­ceived is grossly hyp­o­crit­i­cal if we are silent on Swaziland, a coun­try ruled by an ab­so­lute monarch where there is no free­dom of speech or assem­bly.

just read an ar­ti­cle that calls our gov­ern­ment weak and in­con­sis­tent, and that it has missed the op­por­tu­nity to dis­tin­guish it­self as the moral com­pass in Africa – how right!

Africa can­not pro­tect a man [al-Bashir] who killed his peo­ple and at the same time hyp­o­crit­i­cally speaks against xeno­pho­bia.

lack good, strong lead­ers. Robert Mu­gabe and al-Bashir must face the mu­sic.

it’s a great mis­take to leave the ICC. Our gov­ern­ment should re­spect the courts. We want jus­tice sys­tems to have more power than politi­cians.

Africa should leave the Western kan­ga­roo court that is the ICC. When white peo­ple kill black peo­ple willy-nilly, they are not pros­e­cuted! Well done to our ANC gov­ern­ment for show­ing the ICC the mid­dle fin­ger! The ICC must voet­sek!

Africa should not leave the ICC, as this will dis­cour­age peo­ple who have been ac­cused of geno­cide and war crimes from im­mi­grat­ing here.

should not leave the ICC. If that’s the case, then we must with­draw from the UN and agree­ments with the EU and other in­ter­na­tional bod­ies. South Africa is part of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and if we signed up to these in­ter­na­tional bod­ies, then we are obliged to up­hold the rules.

should stay in the ICC. Africa should as­so­ciate with the uni­ver­sal stan­dard of what is just, not con­cern it­self with pop­u­lar­ity or ha­tred of the West. I wish our lead­ers had back­bone so we could be proud of them in­stead of con­stantly ashamed.

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