First, a note to the editors of ANC Today. In your final edition for 2015 you ran an open letter from Justice Piitso, former provincial secretary of the SACP in Limpopo, to President Barack Obama, on behalf of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a Puerto Rican nationalist jailed for sedition, robbery and illegal possession of explosives in 1981.
Please observe the spelling of Barack. One “r”. Perhaps you have corrected this since it was pointed out on Twitter on Tuesday evening. Not that it will help Mr Rivera. He would have been freed in 1999 had he accepted then President Bill Clinton’s conditions for commuting his sentence. One was that he renounce terrorism as a means of advancing Puerto Rican independence, a cause most Puerto Ricans don’t actually support.
Now on to a more substantive matter. I refer to ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa’s response, as reported by the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, and tweeted by Sidwell Medupe, spokesman for the department of trade and industry, to Mr. Obama’s Monday night proclamation regarding SA’s continued enjoyment of US trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.