Martin Williams
3 minute read
29 Sep 2021
6:20 am

Red-list Tambo and Pandor for UK crisis

Martin Williams

Ambassadors appointed because they are deemed ANC royalty don’t always bother with performance standards.

There’s a price to be paid for avoiding the fit-for-purpose principle when making important appointments such as South Africa’s top representative in London. Formally known High Commissioner to the Court of St James, the position is described in Tony Leon’s book The Accidental Ambassador as, “surely the shiniest bauble in the diplomatic realm”. Effective ambassadors appointed on merit work hard at improving relations, including trade and commercial ties. Those appointed because they are deemed ANC royalty don’t always bother with performance standards. Oliver Tambo’s daughter Thembi, our high commissioner in London, should have known well in advance that South Africa...