South Africa has just announced that it is to cut diplomatic ties with Israel until Israel agrees to "true freedom and democracy for the Palestinian people".
I think it is fair to say that Johannesburg is now exercising decisive leadership on this disturbing matter. The time is now for Africa to follow Nelson Mandela and his recently revamped ANC on this just, humane and noble path that the usual self-proclaimed beacons of freedom and human rights have clearly failed to address. In fact they are showing either cimplacency or increasingly covert complicity with the known corrupt and murderous oppressor on this complex issue where many in the developed world are oblivious of the loss of their global moral compass status, and prefer to either cheer on, or look the other way in blissful xenophobic comfort as ethnic cleansing, destruction of poor people's homes, wanton incarceration and expulsion of desperate African asylum seekers in contravention of all international instruments on refugees, land grabbing, plus heartless arbitrary arrests and rampant killings of young children is shown on our LED television flatscreens and social media every God-given day.
By Hussein Lumumba Amin
23 February 2018