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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: REUTERS/JOHANNA GERON
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: REUTERS/JOHANNA GERON

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may have hastened the imminent confrontation between the West and Vladimir Putin, but it has certainly unmasked SA’s deluded politicians.

Last week, it was embarrassing listening to President Cyril Ramaphosa demean himself by defending Putin, when he argued that Nato bore some responsibility for the invasion, as it had irked Russia by expanding eastwards.

"There are those who are insisting that we should take a very adversarial stance against Russia. The approach we are going to take [is to insist] there should be dialogue," he said.

It’s an apt metaphor for the ANC’s stewardship: an inability to acknowledge what’s happening on the ground, and an application of moral relativism to accommodate archaic ideology.

Why would Ramaphosa feel Putin wants "dialogue", when he has gone so far as to shell a maternity hospital, where pregnant women and their unborn babies are killed?

When the Kremlin cranks up its disinformation campaign and lies on social media by claiming the attack was faked, this is not a regime that would be an honest broker in any talks. Yet Ramaphosa is allowing himself to be played for a fool — again.


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