Richard Chemaly
4 minute read
12 Jan 2021
3:58 pm

Has Trump inadvertently saved America? What can South Africa learn?

Richard Chemaly

If there’s one lesson South Africa can teach the US, it should be that they shouldn’t waste a good identity crisis by avoiding the complicated conversation that comes after it.

National Guard troops stand watch at the US Capitol on 8 January 2021 in Washington, DC. Picture: John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

I have my doubts that Donald Trump will be remembered for anything great though he certainly played a role in the spectrum of the American presidency. When President Cyril Ramaphosa indicated that South Africa was ready to share lessons in democracy with the United States, I couldn’t help but chuckle. But, considering how the Irish border was arguably the biggest stumbling block of Brexit and the role that South Africa and the ANC played in brokering that peace, there may be a thing or two to be said of how we go about things. I mean, peace is great and...