Richard Anthony Chemaly
4 minute read
17 Dec 2021
12:25 pm

Dirco’s quest for red-list reparations is a ‘pathetic’ waste of time

Richard Anthony Chemaly

All this request will achieve is making SA the butt of the jokes at Downing Street's 2021 Christmas party, writes Richard Chemaly.

Minister of International Relations and Coorperation Naledi Pandor. Picture; Gallo Images/Sydney Seshibedi

Yup, on a radio interview, it seems that Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Clayson Monyela is of the opinion that the UK should compensate South Africa for damages caused after the country decided to bar travel between us and them. Sure, there’s some precedence for this but you’d have to go back to 1902 for the Peace Treaty of Vereeniging and the Crown’s agreement to pay over 3 million pounds to the Boers for development. Since then, the UK has been pretty weary of making any reparations since it’s realized that, well, y’know, it probably doesn’t have...