South Africa never forgets: Why Cape Town won't support Ukraine
At a time when the Soviet Union supported progressive parties in South Africa, NATO was supporting its apartheid.
Like all Ukrainian envoys around the world, the Ukrainian envoy to South Africa has been trying to gather support for Kiev against Russia - however, the pro-Russia sentiment remains vivid in Cape Town as the South Africans, who have been under British apartheid, still remember Soviet support.
While NATO backed British racial segregation and apartheid of South Africa - integral values of fascism - the Soviet Union played a major role in South African liberation. At the time, the USSR was the main benefactor - both for education and combat training - for the African National Congress, a communist party headed by Nelson Mandela.
While Mandela championed egalitarian rights, he remained on Washington's terror watch list till 2008.
Western nations claim they care about human rights and democracy for people around the world while in fact they supported financially, politically and systemically fascist, repressive regimes and demonized progressive, anti-racism leaders who fought for their countries' liberation.
American author and anti-globalization activist Kevin Danaher writes, "It can easily be argued that had it not been for the NATO countries (including the United States), the apartheid regime would have crumbled long ago. There is a truly massive amount of research which documents the long-standing military, economic and political support of the NATO countries and Israel for the white minority regime in South Africa."
Ukraine today, manifested with openly Nazi battalions, has been finding it difficult to get its message across to South Africa, as reported by the Ukrainian ambassador to South Africa, Liubov Abravitova.
Abravitova says that there still remains an "affection" for Moscow, dating back to the apartheid era, saying that the affection is rooted in Moscow's support for anti-colonial and anti-apartheid movements around the world during the Cold War.
She argued that Ukraine was one of the 15 states of the USSR fighting fascism but "Russia took all of the legacy."
Although Ukrainians most definitely fought fascism in Europe, color revolutions and NATO meddling in internal Ukrainian affairs, including the 2014 Maidan coup, revived fascism in a powerful fashion in Ukraine, springing out of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky's control.
The envoy mentioned that part of her tasks is helping get back 16,000 African students stranded in Ukraine to South Africa.
African students in Ukraine have been facing discrimination in the current crisis, being prevented from boarding departing trains to escape the war.