The bow-tie wearing US ambassador to SA, Reuben Brigety, recently announced that Washington would not interfere in the May 29 SA elections: a curious statement, especially given that his country intervened, mostly covertly, in 81 elections about the globe between 1946 and 2000.

Brigety himself intervened negatively in SA’s foreign policy last May, when he alleged that Pretoria had sent arms to Russia through its Lady R vessel, insisting that: “We are confident that weapons were loaded onto that vessel, and I would bet my life on the accuracy of that assertion.”..

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