A’s sovereignty not bargaining chip – ANC

Healthy boundaries build strong lasting bonds
March 11, 2024
Two foreigners arrested in Sabie
March 11, 2024
Healthy boundaries build strong lasting bonds
March 11, 2024
Two foreigners arrested in Sabie
March 11, 2024

A’s sovereignty not bargaining chip – ANC

The ANC has slammed the Democratic Alliance’s outreach to the United States and other
nations, requesting assistance with domestic election observers ahead of South Africa’s
upcoming polls on May 29. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa accused the opposition of
putting the country’s sovereignty up for sale through these appeals.

“We deal with regional, continental and global organizations, and we invite them… it’s quite
disingenuous. We want our elections to be transparent, well-handled as they have been,”
Ramaphosa stated. Spokesperson Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri echoed that “the country’s
sovereignty is not up for sale to any country – whether from the West or the East.”

The DA had written to the U.S. Secretary of State, Anton Blinken, as well as the European
Union, describing it as an appeal from a “multi-party banner” seeking resources for
independent domestic observer missions.

“The notion that in African countries elections are only considered credible when observed
by Europeans and Americans is a clear example of paternalistic imperialism,” charged
Bhengu-Motsiri. “Despite our impeccable track record of running free and fair elections in
South Africa, we have never sought to comment on elections in the West, even when their
own citizens question the credibility of their electoral processes. This plea is a clear attempt
to bring about regime change disguised in opportunistic language.”