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

By Carien du Plessis
Posted on Tuesday, 19 July 2022 16:53

ANC member Lindiwe Zulu reacts as she waits for the election results during the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg
ANC member Lindiwe Zulu reacts as she waits for the election results during the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

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.