10 ways the ANC has trashed So

10 ways the ANC has trashed South Africa’s foreign policy, according to the DA

The Democratic Alliance’s Stevens Mokgalapa has lashed out at the ANC’s “manufactured outrage” over the opposition’s overseas trips, and outlined just how much damage the ruling party has actually done to SA’s image abroad.

10 ways the ANC has trashed So

Following the ruling party’s outcry over DA mayor of Tshwane Solly Msimanga’s trip to Taiwan and more recently party leader Mmusi Maimane’s trip to Israel; the official opposition thought it pertinent to remind the ruling party just how big a mess its made of SA’s foreign policy in the last few years.

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“The ANC’s desperate attempt to control exactly who South Africans meet abroad, and where, demonstrates more clearly than ever before just how pathetic their foreign policy has become,” the DA’s shadow minister of international relations and cooperation, Stevens Mokgalapa, said in a statement.

“The ANC has created more fuss about visits by DA public representatives over the last two months than it has about any other major foreign policy issue facing the continent or the world over this time.”

Mokgalape said the reason the ANC’s so obsessed with what the DA is doing abroad, is because of its poor image globally as well as its decline back home.

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“Behind the ANC’s obsession with the DA, is not only their decline in support at home, but the rapid deterioration of their international standing abroad. The ANC knows this, and they are running scared,” Mokgalapa said, adding that the ANC of today has “shamefully damaged” Madiba’s legacy and listing 10 ways in which the ruling party has screwed SA’s foreign policy:

  • The ANC cannot muster up the courage to talk about the equally important rights and freedom of Tibetans;
  • Instead of standing up to the President-for-life, Robert Mugabe, ANC Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, rather recently noted that he ‘envies’ Zanu-pf;
  • The entire South African cabinet acted in contempt of court to allow Omar Al Bashir, a dictator responsible for Genocide, to escape South Africa;
  • Our government prevented the Dalai Lama, an international icon symbolising peace, from visiting our country;
  • South Africa has decided to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, showing complete disregard for the principle of justice;
  • At the UN, we have voted against LGBT rights, and internet freedom;
  • There is silence and inaction on the continued violence and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi;
  • The ANC remains silent about the effective stealing of an election by Gambian President, Jammeh;
  • Our government has chosen to cosy up to China and Russia at all costs, adopting an increasingly hostile approach to the ‘West’ – despite the need for investment that creates jobs;
  • Our government has failed to prioritise and restructure the number of embassies that we have abroad – currently costing the fiscus R3.2 billion – and thereby failing to maximise trade and investment opportunities.

“The DA will not be distracted by the ANC’s desperate hypocrisy, nor will we be confined by their disastrous, failed foreign policy,” Mokgalapa said.

“While the ANC descends further into irrelevance, the DA will continue to stand up for human rights, investment that creates jobs in South Africa, and peace.”