What Redi Tlhabi, Chris Maroleng, and Anthony Carroll had to tell the U.S. Congress about South Africa

Redi Tlhabi:

“There are a lot of politicians who say stupid things. there is a minister, who recently said something about the CIA funding non profit organizations. That’s a lot of nonsense and it gets called out in South Africa.”

“It is true that South Africa benefits richly from its relationship with the United States, far more than it does from its relationship with Russia. South Africa also has far more in common with the United States and shares common values and norms – an independent judiciary, checks and balances, a free press and a robust civil society that pushes back against state excesses. There is much to value and salvage from this relationship. However, African states don’t want to seem weak. They do not want to be seen to be doing the bidding of the United States. Their peers and constituencies may punish them for that.”

Full https://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA16/20230927/116405/HHRG-118-FA16-Wstate-TlhabiR-20230927.pdf

Bio: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA16/20230927/116405/HHRG-118-FA16-Bio-TlhabiR-20230927.pdf

Chris Maroleng:

“The US and Africa as a whole can forge a relationship that is mutually beneficial and supports the development goals of both parties. May we be so bold as to suggest that our organisation is the perfect intermediary for such interventions, given the antipathy displayed by members of the governing party to certain messages?”

Full : https://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA16/20230927/116405/HHRG-118-FA16-Wstate-MarolengC-20230927.pdf

Bio: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA16/20230927/116405/HHRG-118-FA16-Bio-MarolengC-20230927.pdf

Anthony Carroll:

“And SA has a robust civil society that forced President Thabo Mbeki to abandon his disastrous policies on HIV/AIDS and took to the streets to protest the excesses of “State Capture” during the destructive presidency of Jacob Zuma. Recently, a public ombudsman was removed by Parliament on suspicion of corruption and overreach. Yet, while clearly not a failed state, by many measures, South Africa is a failing one.”

Full : https://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA16/20230927/116405/HHRG-118-FA16-Wstate-CarrollA-20230927.pdf

Bio: https://docs.house.gov/meetings/FA/FA16/20230927/116405/HHRG-118-FA16-Bio-CarrollA-20230927.pdf

FULL https://youtube.com/live/P5O_x1f31fQ?si=yaCc1oLCg11aa8g-

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