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US ambas­sador can stay: ANC

The ruling ANC is not open to any suggestions that US ambassador to South Africa Reuben Bri­gety should be expelled because of his baseless accusations.

After last week’s tur­moil in local mar­kets, the ANC’s national work­ing com­mit­tee on Monday gave the green light to party secretary-gen­eral Fikile Mbal­ula and first deputy sec­ret­ary-gen­eral Nom­vula Mokonyane to meet Bri­gety this week.

“This is in a bid to also strengthen partyto-party rela­tions with the US Demo­cratic Party,” Mbal­ula told Busi­ness Day. “We have not ventured into the expul­sion of the ambas­sador.”

SA was cri­ti­cised for refus­ing to con­demn Rus­sia’s inva­sion of Ukraine, joint naval exercise with Rus­sia in Feb­ru­ary and the docking of a Rus­sian cargo ves­sel in Simon’s Town naval base in Decem­ber.

Bri­gety accused SA of sup­ply­ing ammuni­tion to Rus­sia when the Krem­linowned ship docked in Simon’s Town in Decem­ber.


Bri­gety cri­ti­cised ANC “hos­til­ity” after repeated failed attempts to meet party offi­cials after the party’s 2022 con­fer­ence res­ol­u­tions blam­ing the Ukraine war on US for­eign policy and expan­sion of Nato.

“In our view, a dip­lo­mat must under­stand, espe­cially a super­power like the US, the separa­tion between party approach and govern­ment.

“We had a brief­ing from the envoy with security adviser Sydney Mufa­madi about our gov­ern­ment engage­ment in the US and we were quite delighted with the engage­ment. We were taken aback by the com­ments of the ambas­sador, for which he apo­lo­gised,” Mbalula told report­ers on Monday.


“Our depart­ment of inter­na­tional rela­tions led by Naledi Pandor has handled the mat­ter very well. And we are quite impressed with the steps they have taken to defend SA’s integ­rity and sov­er­eignty.”

On Monday, Ram­a­phosa emphas­ised SA’s non­a­ligned stance after his week­end phone calls with Rus­sia’s Pres­id­ent Vladi­mir Putin and Ukraine’s Pres­id­ent Volodymyr Zelensky.


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