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Social justice groups and other political parties challenged the government on the donation to Cuba. Photo: Colm Maher / Flickr

REVEALED: SA’s donation to Cuba is over a quarter billion rand, not R50m

The South African government is actually planning to donate over R350 million to Cuba according to AfriForum.

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Social justice groups and other political parties challenged the government on the donation to Cuba. Photo: Colm Maher / Flickr

AfriForum has revealed that the donation to Cuba is actually R350 million and not R50 million as government said. 

On 2 February 2022, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Alvin Botes announced the donation to Cuba, saying that it was necessary, as US sanctions continue to pose a food security threat to the communist island. South Africa has a close relationship with Cuba due to the role it played in assisting liberation movements across the island.

CUBA DONATION NOT 50 BUT 350 MILLION RANDS! 

This was revealed after AfriForum’s legal team requested the court record as part of its review application. 

According to the record, the government has agreed to a contract with the government of Cuba, in terms of which the R50 million will only be the first payment in the more than a quarter billion rand donation. 

AfriForum’s legal team is reportedly preparing its supplementary affidavit following receipt of the court record for its review application.

AfriForum’s Reiner Duvenage said the revelations of the court record are truly earth-shattering. 

Duvenage said it is now clear that the government is actually planning on donating more than a quarter billion rand to Cuba.

“This contract to donate R350 million does not accord with the laws of South Africa, and it is completely irrational to make such an exorbitant donation in these difficult times. 

“Our government borrows money from the IMF, but then sees it fit to donate much-needed funds to Cuba. Despite this outrageous news, AfriForum is more optimistic than ever that we will succeed in stopping this donation.” 

Reiner Duvenage

Last week, the Pretoria High Court rejected a leave to appeal application lodged by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) against an interdict obtained by AfriForum preventing it from donating R50 million to Cuba. 

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