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.