US concerned over South Africa's growing ties with Russia, Iran and Hamas: 'Fallen' for propaganda

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South Africa’s support for the Palestinian cause is the culmination of a confused and progressively troubling diplomatic inclination for a state with whom the U.S. present questions its bilateral cooperation, critics person claimed. 

"The South African authorities has fallen hook, enactment and sinker for Russian propaganda," Peter Doran, an adjunct elder chap astatine the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and erstwhile president of the Center for European Policy Analysis, told Fox News Digital. 

"Russia has proposed to each African countries that the United States and Western powers are colonialists, whose interests are not aligned with theirs, whereas Russia and China are benign benefactors and friends successful the world," Doran said. 

"The information is that Russia stands arsenic the 20th century's worst assemblage power. Russia has hidden that, and it doesn't contiguous that portion of its past to South Africa, and truthful galore African countries, particularly South Africa, person fallen for Russian propaganda astir colonialism," helium added. 


Congress passed the Bilateral Relations Review Act successful February, mandating President Biden to find "whether South Africa has engaged successful activities that undermine United States nationalist information oregon overseas argumentation interests" wrong 30 days of enactment. Rep. John James, R-Mich., introduced the measure aft increasing "greatly acrophobic with South Africa’s alignment with China and Russia and embracement of Hamas."

"It is important to amusement the South African radical that the United States is paying attention, and I americium arrogant that the committee passed this bipartisan legislation," James said. 

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South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa waves arsenic helium walks past China's President Xi Jinping and Russia's President Vladimir Putin astatine the G-20 acme successful Osaka connected June 28, 2019. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/AFP via Getty Images)

The measure besides requires the medication to "comprehensively reappraisal the bilateral relationship betwixt the United States and South Africa and study to the Congress connected its findings wrong 120 days of enactment."

South Africa has progressively aligned itself with Russia and China, doubling down connected its association with the BRICS economical bloc: The founding 5 members, which see South Africa, met successful Johannesburg past twelvemonth for the group’s 15th summit, wherever they discussed and agreed connected expanding membership. 

"What is cardinal astir the BRICS enlargement is that the multipolar satellite is decidedly emerging," Dr. Kinglsey Makhubela, a erstwhile South African ambassador, told Sputnik Africa. "There's nary longer this unipolar satellite that has been dominated by the United States and its allies."


Putin and Ramaphosa

SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 29 (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) greets South African Persident Cyril Ramaphosa (L) during their bilateral meeting, connected July 29,2023, successful Saint Petersburg, Russia. President Putin hosted conscionable 17 African leaders successful this years's acme compared with the 43 who atteded successful 2019 enactment successful the Russia-African Summit. Talks centred with nutrient information and the warfare successful Ukraine. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)

However, it chiefly seems that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) enactment has pursued this policy, with the absorption enactment slamming South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor's caller sojourn to the U.S. arsenic a "dismal failure." 

"Speaking with a forked lingua whilst successful D.C, the Minister defended South Africa's affable relations with oppressive regimes specified arsenic Iran and Russia nether the auspices of her government's committedness to ‘non-alignment,’ whilst insisting that the state had a ‘moral obligation’ to enactment against injustice astatine the ICJ," Shadow Minister for International Relations Emma Louise Powell told Fox News Digital. 

"The information is, Pandor's overseas argumentation positions are guided by thing different than the ANC's fiscal and governmental survival," Powell argued, claiming that "the bottommost enactment is that nary 1 is buying what Pandor and Ramaphosa are selling anymore." 

Naledi Pandor visits Iran

TEHRAN, IRAN - OCTOBER 22: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, Naledi Pandor (L) and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) conscionable astatine the Ministry of Foreign Affairs successful Tehran, Iran connected October 22, 2023. (Photo by Haydar Sahin/Anadolu via Getty Images)

"As the Official Opposition successful South Africa, we person 1 occupation to do, and that is footwear the corrupt ANC retired of powerfulness successful the May election, truthful that we tin regain the spot of our astir important planetary allies, and rebuild fraying trading relations with our Western partners (like the USA), whose concern into our emerging marketplace puts nutrient connected the array for millions of South Africans," Powell said. 

The increasing disagreement betwixt the U.S. and South Africa became much evident arsenic each took up opposing sides of the Israel-Hamas conflict: South Africa led a lawsuit earlier the International Court of Justice that accused Israel of carrying retired a genocide successful the Gaza Strip, portion the U.S. has rejected specified accusations. 

Lior Haiat, a spokesperson for Israel’s overseas ministry, successful crook accused South Africa arsenic acting arsenic "the ineligible limb of Hamas successful an effort to undermine Israel’s inherent close to support itself and its citizens and to merchandise each of the hostages." 


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A antheral brandishes a replica artifact weapon during a pro Palestinian objection organised by the South African absorption enactment Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) successful beforehand of the Israeli Embassy successful Pretoria, connected October 23, 2023.  (Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images)

Foreign Minister Pandor connected March 10 said authorities would apprehension immoderate South Africans who combat alongside the Israeli military, warning, "We are ready. When you travel home, we are going to apprehension you." She besides urged citizens to protestation extracurricular the embassies of Israel’s "five superior supporters," according to the FDD. 

"From a planetary perspective, the warfare for Ukraine has revealed, a alteration successful planetary politics," Doran argued. "The old, the erstwhile epoch anterior to 2022, successful the erstwhile era, anterior to 2022, countries could beryllium connected the fence: They could play some sides. Look astatine India, an illustration of a state which plays some sides, which sits connected the fence. That was a permissible environment. 

"Today, we are nary longer successful a permissible situation wherever countries tin beryllium connected the obstruction and play some sides. Now is perfectly a clip for choosing," Doran stressed. 

South Africa Genocide

South Africa's ambassador to The Netherlands, Vusimuzi Madonsela, right, attends the hearings astatine the International Court of Justice connected Israeli actions successful the Palestinian territories successful The Hague, Netherlands, connected Feb. 20, 2024. (Nikos Oikonomou/Anadolu via Getty Images)

A U.S. State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the 2 countries stock a "strong relationship" based connected "the priorities of the American radical and the South African people," with commercialized increasing each year, making the U.S. South Africa’s "second-largest bilateral trading partner."

However, the State Department accused South Africa of falling for Russian propaganda and influence, arsenic good arsenic informing each African countries to stay wary of China’s interests and overtures. 

"The United States does not question to bounds African partnerships with different countries," the spokesperson insisted. "However, Russia… manufactures and exploits insecurity to grow its beingness connected the African continent, threatening stableness and, bully governance, robbing countries of their mineral wealth, and undermining respect for quality rights successful the process."


"Ultimately, we person a beardown narration with South Africa, and due to the fact that we person a beardown relationship, we person had unfastened and frank conversations astir each of these issues and priorities," the spokesperson said, adding that the U.S. echoes "long-standing calls… that the PRC indispensable respect big state laws and planetary obligations."

Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov

People connected a yacht, right, protestation against the Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov docked successful the Cape Town harbour South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. ​14​, 2023 en way to the South African eastbound seashore to behaviour naval exercises with the South African and Chinese Navy. The workout is acceptable to statesman Friday Feb. 17, 2023, a objection of the countries' adjacent ties amid Russia's warfare successful Ukraine and China's tense narration with the West. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht) ((AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht))

Part of the occupation derives from South Africa’s economical struggles: Already struggling with the world’s highest unemployment rate, Cape Town reported successful February that unemployment accrued to 32.1% successful the 4th fourth of 2023 – a full of 7.9 cardinal unemployed people. 

The International Monetary Fund successful 2023 reported that South Africa had recorded "weak growth" of astir 0.4% betwixt January and March, citing "crippling powerfulness cuts, volatile commodity prices and a challenging outer environment" arsenic important contributing factors. 

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People stitchery extracurricular the International Court of Justice successful the Hague, the Netherlands, connected Jan. 26, 2024, arsenic the ICJ ruled connected South Africa's accusations against Israel. (Nikos Oikonomou/Anadolu via Getty Images)

"The state has faced rolling blackouts aft years of mismanagement of the state-owned utility, Eskom, prompting the authorities to easiness the registration process and licensing requirements for vigor accumulation to promote backstage assemblage investment," the IMF wrote, adding that an "elevated indebtedness level – 1 of the highest among emerging markets – limits the government’s quality to respond to shocks."

South Africa has besides showed enactment for Russia and China by abstaining from condemning Russia’s penetration of Ukraine and parroting blasted of NATO for provoking the conflict. The state besides hosted Russian and Chinese naval forces for an workout that occurred connected the day of the invasion. 


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has besides expressed enactment for Iran, agelong known arsenic a sponsor of Hamas – arsenic good arsenic astir 2 twelve Islamic extremist groups – calling Iran a "true and reliable friend." Iran has besides looked to articulation BRICS arsenic 1 of the countries that helped astir treble the group’s rank successful the archetypal of respective planned expansions. 

The South African Foreign Ministry did not respond to a Fox News Digital petition for comment. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Peter Aitken is simply a Fox News Digital newsman with a absorption connected nationalist and planetary news. 

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