TimesLIVE readers weighed ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba’s proposal to incorporate Eswatini and Lesotho into SA.
The two landlocked countries have strong economic and social ties with SA, and Mashaba questioned this week : “< span>why aren’t Lesotho and Swaziland in particular part of SA?”
“It is practically and economically impossible for these countries to survive on their own. The elephant in the room: will the leaders of these two countries accept a proposal for incorporation?” he said.
His comments drew criticism from the newly formed Council of Pan-African Kingdoms, which “ignorant and arrogant”.
Dingizwe Mkhatshwaof the Council claimed that SA continues to “occupy” Emaswati, Lesotho and areas of Botswana, “Violation of the UN Charter without penalties”.
“On the contrary, it is de jure the SA administration that must disband to allow for the de facto restoration of historical indigenous sovereign states,” he said .
Former EFF MP and actress Fana Mokoena also criticized the proposal, calling instead for greater economic participation and resource sharing.
“Lesotho has struggled and Colonialists won his battles differently than we did. Rather than arrogantly proposing that they be integrated because we think we are better, why not propose greater economic participation and resource sharing between us?”
TimeLIVE ran a poll asking readers if they thought Eswatini and Lesotho should be part of South Africa.
At the time of publication, 52% of the readers that they should do so.
Simpson Maanda said the citizens of these nations “survived.”
“There is nothing that would benefit South Africa if we were to adopt them,” he said.
“If their people want it and our people want it want, why not? Just don’t pull a Putin and send our army to force them to become a part of us,” added Jacques Coetzer.
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