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South Africa’s ANC Alleges U.S. Plotting ‘Regime Change’

Posted: May 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


In the face of mounting political tensions and uncertainty over the economy, South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC), which has been in power since majority rule followed Apartheid in 1994, has said that the United States is behind moves to “undermine the democratically elected government”.

This was contained in a declaration by ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa after a story in the British Sunday Times alleged that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency helped South Africa’s apartheid government arrest Nelson Mandela in 1962.

That report quotes a now-dead retired CIA agent who said the U.S. saw Mandela as a communist sympathiser.

Kodwa said, “We have recently observed that there are efforts to undermine the democratically elected ANC government.

“They never stopped operating here.… It is still happening now, the CIA is still collaborating with those who want regime change.”

Kodwa did not respond to numerous calls from VOA seeking comment on Monday.

However, South Africa’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed his claims, saying, “Those are not our views as government.”

Clayson Monyela, foreign affairs mouthpiece told VOA, “From government’s point of view, our relations with the United States are strong, they’re warm, and cordial.”

Gwede Mantashe, ANC secretary-general, in February also accused the U.S. government of pushing for a regime change, saying, “We are aware of the meetings taking place regularly in the American embassy. These meetings in the embassy are about nothing else other than mobilisation for regime change.”