South Africa Has Clearly Chosen a Side on the War in Ukraine

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive at a BRICS Summit event at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive at a BRICS Summit event at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).
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On the night of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, South African Defense Minister Thandi Modise attended a reception at the Russian Embassy in Pretoria, held in honor of the Russian armed forces. Four days later, officials from the ruling African National Congress, or ANC, celebrated 30 years of Russian-South African friendship over drinks at a reception held at the Russian consulate in Cape Town. Though both episodes are shocking, neither should come as a surprise. South Africa’s foreign policy has been on a long, downward ethical trajectory since the Mandela era, when the promotion of democracy and human rights were […]

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