EFF calls for dismissal of US ambassador over 'imperialist talk and threats'
The EFF has condemned the “contemptuous imperialist talk” by US ambassador to South Africa Reuben Brigety on foreign policy and diplomatic issues which it said could be handled through normal diplomatic channels.
The party said on Friday it was concerned because, the US embassy seemed to be leaning towards interference in domestic and sovereign foreign policy issues.
“In his latest ranting, the US ambassador hysterically demonised South Africa’s relationship with the Russian Federation and out of context spoke about the Lady R Vessel which docked in Simon's Town in December 2022,” said the party.
The red berets said the ministry of defence had clarified in December 2022 the vessel had come to collect orders made before the Covid-19 pandemic saying this was consistent with international best practice to honour contractual trade obligations and relationships.
“The US has absolutely no right and permission to interfere with South Africa’s sovereign right to determine who she trades with and who her friends are.
“The EFF’s diplomatic and firm advice to ambassador Brigety is that he must shut up on all sovereign policy decisions and relationships South Africa engages in,” the EFF said.
It said the country was not a colonial outpost of the US and would never be one.
“The EFF is additionally concerned about ambassadors who call media conferences to speak about issues that could have been handled through normal diplomatic channels.
“Instead of raising false alarms with the media and making reflections on domestic policy position of a political party, the US ambassador should have approached government to clarify his confusion.”
The EFF said there were several embassies and foreign missions in South Africa and none of them had demonstrated the misbehaviour and ill-discipline of Brigety.
“We therefore call for the immediate dismissal of the US ambassador from South Africa for his unbecoming, undiplomatic and outrightly irresponsible approach to diplomatic relations,” said the party.
“The South African government must never be intimidated by a reckless ambassador who lacks the necessary diplomatic courtesy and discipline to handle issues in a decent and diplomatic manner.”
Support independent journalism by subscribing to the Sunday Times. Just R20 for the first month.
Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.