It was reassuring to read that, almost two years after Russia invaded the Ukraine, Cyril Ramaphosa has finally gained a ‘better understanding’ of Moscow’s blatant aggression and expansionism:
Though it is tempting to mock him for this belated (and probably insincere) ‘Damascene Conversion’, at least it took Ramaphosa less than two years to (apparently) change his tune, and for him to now ‘understand’ that invading a neighbouring country is not a terribly nice thing to do.
In stark contrast, there are plenty in South Africa – including so-called ‘academics’ – who gleefully drank the Apartheid-regime Kool-Aid, and thus are still yet to understand / admit that the 1899 Boer invasions of Natal and the Cape Colony were very ‘shameful’ acts too.
To maintain their preferred, self-pitying fiction, these Kruger-apologist buffoons have to tie themselves in knots, desperately pretending that the republican invasions of British territory which started the Boer War somehow don’t count as ‘real’ invasions, and are completely and utterly different from every other invasion ever… because… err… well… the Boers did them… and, err, concentration camps, or something.
Can we ever hope for the scales to fall from their eyes?
Or, more accurately, for them ever to remove their National Party issue blinkers?