Venezuelans living in Brazil take part in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is started his second mandate, in front of the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on January 10 2019.Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP
Venezuelans living in Brazil take part in a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who is started his second mandate, in front of the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on January 10 2019.Photo by Sergio LIMA / AFP

Further to Alan Mantle’s letter “Shameful Fan of Maduro” (March 5), the other two countries on the UN Security Council who voted against the resolution on Venezuela were China and Russia.

While SA may think those countries share its obscure principles, the fact is they only have interests not principles, and those interests are the massive loans they hope to recoup by oil shipments while Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro is still around. SA has no such interests and is only a useful fool as far as Russia and China is concerned. SA sticks it to the international community for no good reason.

When the US lashed out at Russia and China for supporting the dictator, it did not even bother mentioning SA, which is treated on the Security Council like the silly nephew at the family gathering who predictably says something provocative, and is equally predictably ignored.

The ANC does not see the irony of lobbying for a seat on the Security Council while at the same time behaving like this. It truly does not see itself as it is seen.

Sydney Kaye
Cape Town