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‘Food aid being used to pressure neutral African countries over Ukraine’, says ANC’s Zulu

By Carien du Plessis

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Posted on July 19, 2022 14:53

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) has expressed concern that humanitarian aid is being used to pressure African countries into expressing support for Ukraine following its invasion by Russia five months ago.

Lindiwe Zulu, the head of the ANC’s international relations subcommittee, told The Africa Report on Monday 18 July that the steep rise in the price of oil and food can lead to instability.

“You see the dynamics of the world itself. You can see the dynamics of how governments can easily be toppled when people don’t have anything,” she said when asked whether there is a feeling that Western countries are selective in their assistance to African countries with regards to food security.

“When people see that there’s poverty, there’s hunger; you see what is happening in Sri Lanka, and we believe that must not be used against people.”

She said the toppling of the government in Sri Lanka could “play itself out in the African continent in a big way”.

Sanctions extended?

South Africa and a number of other African countries have assumed a “neutral” stance on the conflict in Ukraine. Zulu said

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