William Saunderson-Meyer

2008-08-02 00:00

Political correctness deems the phrases “First World” and “Third World” as insulting to those in the southern hemisphere. The preferred terms are “developed world” and “developing world”.

Ridicule is unfortunately not something that either President Thabo Mbeki or his likely successor African National Congress president Jacob Zuma, have to worry much about. Mbeki’s medical theories and foreign affairs stance regarding an array of states — Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe spring immediately to mind — have drawn international derision, including from many Africans.

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