Jean-Jacques Cornish

Moroccan ambassador insults his South African hosts

Morocco’s Ambassador in Pretoria has taken the diplomatically unheard of step of attacking his host government.

Youssef Amrani.calls South Africa’s statement on the Western Sahara fanciful fabrications.

In diplomatic practice, unequivocal  political attacks are done government to government after careful consideration.

Youssef Amrani, who has a reputation for getting hot under the collar and losing it , snapped back  a South African statement correcting earlier remarks he’d made about a United Nations Security Council meeting on Western Sahara.

The Moroccan envoy his host country’s position a fanciful fabrication amounts to him calling it a liar.

In customary Moroccan style of rewriting history, Amrani denies the South African assertion that Western Sahara is Africa last decolonization issue.

The fact is Western Sahara has been on the agenda of the UN decolonization committee since Morocco illegally invaded it 44 years ago.

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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.