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There is far, far too much Afro-pessimism plus nonsensical assumptions that any place but South Africa is better, writes Terry Crawford-Browne.
I was born
in Ireland but, as a three-year-old, moved to Libya in 1946 with my
parents. Life there for expatriates was great, and we lived in Tripoli
(with a Mediterranean climate similar to Cape Town’s) until I was 17.
1960 my uncle (who had emigrated from Ireland when he was 21) invited me to the
United States (US) to go to university. I immediately loved the can-do
energies of Americans and even became a US citizen, but by 1967 I was hankering
to return to Africa. I decided to start in South Africa and work my way
north before returning permanently to the US. I then had no intention of
months of my arrival however, I was married to a South African. It was love at first
sight. Such unplanned, unintended things happen when one is
years later, I am a South African not only by happy marriage and by naturalisation
in 1981, but also by passion for the country. My wife, Lavinia and I were
privileged ten years ago in 2009 to circumnavigate the globe on an American
university ship – from Miami back to Miami via the Panama Canal. I taught
a class of 36 American students about the arms trade and corruption, and she
ran the office.
16 ports including Cape Town on our four-month voyage. The overwhelming
consensus amongst our more than 700 students on board was that Cape Town was
the best. Yes, like all South Africans, my wife and I periodically get
despondent about the politics. But, having been around the world by sea, we ask
ourselves: where might we emigrate?
is Cape Town. So despite options of Irish and EU passports in addition to
our South African, we are staying.
far, far too much Afro-pessimism plus nonsensical assumptions that any place
but South Africa is better. During the 1980s, South Africa was on track for a
civil war and a prospective racial bloodbath. It was then estimated that 10% of
the population might be killed, and that the economic infrastructure would be
teenage son was subject to conscription into the army. An estimated 25 000
young white South African men left the country to avoid conscription, or the
alternative of six years in jail. President PW Botha in his infamous
Rubicon Speech in 1985 in effect told the world to go to hell, and the economy
crashed. The apartheid government had arrogantly assumed that because of its
gold production, South Africa was impervious to international pressures.
later, together with [then] Bishop Desmond Tutu and the late Dr Beyers Naude, I
launched the international banking sanctions campaign at the United Nations as
a last nonviolent initiative to avert a catastrophe. Thank God it
the role of the US dollar in foreign exchange markets and as President Nelson
Mandela subsequently acknowledged, the New York banking sanctions campaign was
by far the most effective initiative in collapsing apartheid. It was the
main motivation behind President FW de Klerk’s speech in February
1990. Whilst the campaign cost me my banking career, our son also escaped
I was then
appointed to represent the Anglican Church at the 1996-1998 parliamentary
Defence Review. Poverty alleviation was and remains South Africa’s
overwhelming national security priority. Despite detailed knowledge of the
country's socio-economic circumstances, European governments and their arms
companies exerted massive pressure on our government to buy warships and
warplanes the country did not need, and could not afford. The allegations and
evidence of corruption soon followed. Instead of any rational defence
requirement, those warships and warplanes were bought for the bribes.
deal scandal has been more than a 20-year saga. Having taken President Jacob
Zuma to the Constitutional Court in 2010 to force his reluctant appointment of
a commission of inquiry into the arms deal, I was finally vindicated in August
this year when a landmark court judgment set aside the Seriti Commission’s
report. Zuma and the French arms company Thales at last face their day in
court, yet he was actually only a “small fish” in the debacle.
cases will hopefully follow shortly to cancel the contracts, return the goods
and recover the money from those corrupt European banks and governments.
South Africa has major problems including corruption and violence, but
contribute to fixing them instead of moaning! South Africa is the
world-in-one-country where anything (both good and bad) can and does happen.
This exciting country offers extraordinary opportunities and a lifestyle, plus
a fabulous climate and natural beauty, that would-be emigrants are very
unlikely to find elsewhere.
- Crawford-Browne is an anti-corruption activist and author of the upcoming book, Eye on the Gold.
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