I’m in Johannesburg, South Africa and it’s awesome, But…

Yvonne Ridley on her travels to South Africa

I’m in Johannesburg and popped in to the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation named after that gargantuan anti-apartheid activist, Robben Island began and friend of Nelson Mandela. While there I had a chat with another ex-Robben Island political prisoner, who welcomed news of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.

Laloo Isu Chiba, a board member of the Foundation, said the Palestinians must learn to forgive each other before they can move forward and went on to tip Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti as a man to watch. He also likened him to the late, great Nelson Mandela describing him as Palestine’s version of Madhiba … and let’s face it, he would know!

Every now and again when I go through Twitter Land I come across something which leaves me breathless for all the wrong reasons. Here is an example of what I mean … or is this acceptable behaviour in Donald Trump’s America?

VIDEO: Police in Kentucky handcuffed and arrested a *third grader* with disabilities pic.twitter.com/XbA1L9uul1

Robben Islander, @LalooChiba at @KathradaFound sends message to #MarwanBarghouti in conversation with @yvonneridley. “You shall overcome.” pic.twitter.com/4MrWf1SDH9

 I’m in Johannesburg and popped in to the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation named after that gargantuan anti-apartheid activist, Robben Island began and friend of Nelson Mandela. While there I had a chat with another ex-Robben Island political prisoner, who welcomed news of the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.

Laloo Isu Chiba, a board member of the Foundation, said the Palestinians must learn to forgive each other before they can move forward and went on to tip Palestinian political prisoner Marwan Barghouti as a man to watch. He also likened him to the late, great Nelson Mandela describing him as Palestine’s version of Madhiba … and let’s face it, he would know!


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