Richard Anthony Chemaly
4 minute read
20 Dec 2021
7:19 am

SA expecting compensation for being red listed is embarrassing

Richard Anthony Chemaly

SA should not be begging for reparations. It should be positioning itself so that we’re the ones ready with the middle finger.

Travellers queue at a check-in counter at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on November 27, 2021, after several countries banned flights from South Africa following the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant Omicron. (Phill Magakoe / AFP)

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. 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 to the Boers for development. Since then, the UK has been pretty weary of making any reparations since it’s realised that, well, y’know, it probably doesn’t have to. They still have that nice little stone of ours. But the...