Embassy protesters are blind to the world around them

Embassy protesters are blind to the world around them

Members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) can be seen demonstrating outside the embassy of the United States of America in Pretoria, 23 January 2020. The picket is part of an international campaign against American imperialist aggression, Pretoria, 23 January 2020. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The SACP – and many in the ANC – are still living in the past of the Cold War when their patron, the Soviet Union, loomed large.

We see nothing wrong with the protest led by the SA Communist Party (SACP) outside the United States Embassy in Pretoria yesterday, condemning the assassination of Iranian strongman Qasem Soleimani. The killing added to instability in the Middle East and has, possibly, made the world more insecure, so it is right for people in a country like South Africa – which professes neutrality in global affairs – to air their feelings. What is unacceptable is that the protesters – including people from the other members of the tripartite alliance, the ANC and Cosatu – should have shouted “one American, one...




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