Regarding Anne Applebaum’s March 24 Sunday Opinion column, “South Africa’s unfinished revolution”:

Ms. Applebaum lamented policies that aim to shut down “low-cost, labor-intensive factories” in South Africa, but these factories are known by another name: sweatshops. Factories have been closed because they do not comply with South African labor law. They do not pay minimum wages, and their workers have been assaulted or refused sick and maternity leave.

South Africa’s 24.9 percent unemployment rate cannot be solved by weakening its labor laws and impoverishing its workers so that the country can better compete with Bangladesh.

Imani Countess, Elkridge

The writer is Africa regional program director for Solidarity Center, which advocates on behalf of worker rights in the developing world.