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It was surprising to read Professor Mandla Makhanya's opinion piece in which the author made surreal claims on how 'France controls the economies of its former colonies'. Unfortunately, this article contains a long list of false assertions.

In an opinion piece published in Daily Maverick on 17 October 2019, Professor Mandla Makhanya, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Unisa, one of the largest and most respected universities in South Africa, a university that works with French scientists and reliable international partners, reflected on the legacy of colonialism in Africa and the effects of what is referred to as "coloniality", arguing these contribute to the many conflicts on the African continent.

The article touches on some issues that France fully recognises. As French President Emmanuel Macron indicated in 2017, "the crimes of European colonisation cannot be disputed and are part of our history".

With this in mind, it was surprising to read parts of the opinion piece, mostly based on a blog post by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin, dated 2014, in which the author made surreal claims on how "France controls the economies of its former colonies". Unfortunately, this article contains a long list of false assertions.

This is particularly worrying at a time...

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