DIRCO Brigety

DIRCO summons US Ambassador Reuben Brigety. Image: U.S. EMBASSY & CONSULATES IN SOUTH AFRICA

DIRCO summons US ambassador over arms supply to Russia allegations

DIRCO will summon US Ambassador Reuben Brigety after he alleged South Africa supplied weapons to Russia.

DIRCO Brigety

DIRCO summons US Ambassador Reuben Brigety. Image: U.S. EMBASSY & CONSULATES IN SOUTH AFRICA

On Friday, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will summon US Ambassador to South Africa, Reuben Brigety, over allegations he made about South Africa supplying weapons to Russia.

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The supposed arms supply allegedly occurred in December 2022, when the sanctioned Russian ship docked at the Simon’s Town naval yard. Cargo was seen being loaded and unloaded from the ship from the 6th to the 8th.

On Thursday, 11 May, Brigety said he would bet his life on the US intelligence that alleges arms were supplied to Russia. Later on Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the claim and said a retired judge would head an inquiry looking into the allegations.

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On Friday, DIRCO spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the Department would demarche (diplomatic speak for a summons or protest) Brigety after his remarks. “We’ll issue a detailed statement after the meeting,” said the spokesperson.

DIRCO Minister Naledi Pandor will also speak with her American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, on Friday afternoon.

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“The National Conventional Arms Control Committee has no record of an approved arms sale by the state to Russia related to the period/incident in question.

“We, therefore, welcome the inquiry established by [His Excellency] President Cyril Ramaphosa to establish the facts and role players. If any crimes were committed, the law will take its course,” said the DIRCO spokesperson.

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