Martin Williams
3 minute read
11 May 2022
4:30 am

COLUMN: Steenhuisen’s Ukraine trip was much more justifiable than described in the media

Martin Williams

We can be thankful that the leader of the opposition went to Ukraine representing South Africans who don’t support the invading war criminals.

Photo: John Steenhuisen

Researchers have detected a new subvariant of whataboutism that seems resistant to injections of truth. Whataboutism is a type of logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by alleging hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving a viewpoint. When Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen headed for Ukraine last week there was a rash of “what about” tweets. What about conditions in the Cape Flats, flood-damaged KwaZulu-Natal or pot-holed Johannesburg where the DA leads a coalition? What about conflicts elsewhere in Africa, or the Middle East? And so on. Such statements, which are easily picked apart, are not logical counterarguments...