Perhaps the most remembered moment of UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to SA will be her dance moves at the ID Mkhize High School in Gugulethu. The Guardian newspaper described her as "doing an impression of a wobbly fridge". Perhaps it will be her awkward answers to a Channel 4 interviewer who asked her, just before visiting Robben Island, what she had done to help secure the release of Nelson Mandela. She kept on answering that the important thing was what the UK government had done, not for the first time answering a specific question with a generality. It is extraordinary what a terrible retail politician May is; we are so familiar with the urbane, erudite model of the British political leader. Yet, if May’s missteps are the only thing South Africans take from the visit, it would be a terrible pity, because behind the scenes the visit was much more important than the public moments might suggest. The most important announcement of the trip was that the UK will carry over th...

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