Siya Khumalo | To Southern African politicians, only certain rights are human rights

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South Africans protest in solidarity with Zimbabweans at the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria. (Photo by Gallo Images/Frennie Shivambu)
South Africans protest in solidarity with Zimbabweans at the Zimbabwean Embassy in Pretoria. (Photo by Gallo Images/Frennie Shivambu)

We should pay attention to how politicians respond to human rights violations elsewhere, as it reveals their true feelings about human rights violations back home, writes Siya Khumalo.

Late last year, Deputy President David Mabuza was challenged to take a principled stand on human rights abuses against the homosexual community in Uganda and around Africa.

He replied that an appropriate forum to discuss such is the Southern African Development Community or the African Union. He then lectured that being "decent" neighbors, we couldn't be "arrogant" by elevating our perspective above other people's.

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