I remember Julius Malema being roasted for having suggested that Botswana needs a change in government. Apparently, it is the policy of the ANC (I'm not sure if it's national policy) not to interfere in other countries' affairs. Now, one can debate how well the ANC led government have done this in light of South African military action in the rest of our continent.
One can debate what is meant by 'interfering': is it shoving your nose in what is not your business but the business of a reasonably democratic, developing nation? Or does it include coming to the rescue when things are going South?
All interference will be politically based. All political interference is also economically based. All interference is also selfish: it must always pay back for us - no one sends sons to die without the hope that their victory will benefit their families back home.
For the purposes of this debate please assume the above to be true (if you disagree, please comment! would love to hear why), and then please assume that by interference I mean the following: South Africa taking the lead in any economic action, but especially military action, in other countries (specifically African countries). Also, assume your favourite government is in power and you are the Commander-in-Chief.
Should South Africa interfere with the affairs of her neighbours?
If Zimbabwe is having serious problems... should we go in and help sort things out because we share a common destiny? Some might argue that economically successful countries means better trade for us and so we should definitely interfere? Or will our interfering actually make things worse. Should we close the borders to everybody except students and allow them to sort out their own mess?
Should South Africa interfere in the affairs of African countries further north?
Taking the DRC as an example, it is perhaps the most strategically important country in Africa - being the largest Sub-Saharan and the most centrally located. It's also chock-full of resources. The same reasons will probably follow as with interference with our neighbours, but one might question whether a problem in DRC means the same to us as a problem in Namibia?
What do you think?
Given South Africa's own historical situation where the International Community has played good guy and bad guy, should we expand our role in other countries or should we leave them to get their own house together... and hope for the best?
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