South Africa: SA to Lead By Example As It Welcomes a World of Leaders, Not All of Them Democratic

South Africa is hosting the 10th #BRICS Summit from 25 - 27 July 2018 in Johanneburg. The summit's theme is "BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th Industrial revolution."

The South African government will not be playing Big Brother by teaching democracy to any 'undemocratic' leaders who visit the country this week for the BRICS summit in Johannesburg.

South Africa will merely "lead by example" by offering undemocratic leaders who visit the country this week for the BRICS summit the example of its own democracy, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has said.

Sisulu was briefing journalists on Monday on the summit which starts on Wednesday. As well as the leaders of the four other BRICS member states - Brazil, Russia, India and China - South Africa has also invited several leaders of African and other developing and emerging nations to meet the BRICS leaders.

Sisulu was asked if President Cyril Ramaphosa would admonish "undemocratic leaders" about their undemocratic practices.

Sisulu rephrased the question as: "Will we take the opportunity to be the teachers and mentors of governments which are not taking the path we are taking?"

She replied: "I think we have...

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.