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Cyril’s Ukraine cop-out betrays both SA and our struggle history

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Cyril’s Ukraine cop-out betrays both SA and our struggle history

Ramaphosa has deliberately ignored the role global pressure and sanctions played in dismantling apartheid

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I rubbed my eyes when scanning Monday’s weekly newsletter by Cyril Ramaphosa -thinking perhaps I had mistakenly chanced upon the English version of Pravda or Izvestia.

Ramaphosa and his “comrades” might lash out at DStv for cutting us off – one of the very small mercies from the merciless Ukraine war — from the beam of Kremlin propaganda spewed by Russia Today.

But reading the Ramaphosa newsletter suggests such anxiety is misplaced: the Kremlin today has no surer voice to parrot its views than Ramaphosa and his senior lieutenants. Even the slightly off-key Naledi Pandor — who dared to suggest that Russia’s unprovoked invasion of its neighbour must be reversed — was whipped back into line. She and her department were soon singing again from the Kremlin hymn sheet...

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