Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
28 Sep 2021
7:00 am

Stop seeing red over UK list

Sydney Majoko

Pandor must do what needs to be done to get South Africa off that list.

The late Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe used to rile the United Kingdom’s then leader Tony Blair with “keep your England and let me keep my Zimbabwe”. When the UK tightened its border controls two weeks ago in response to Covid and kept South Africa on its “red list”, people here would have been justified to want to respond to Boris Johnson the same way Mugabe did to Blair. But however unpalatable it might be to South Africans, this country needs the UK more than they need us. The flimsy reasons about the beta variant of Covid still being prevalent here...