U.S. Government's Diplomats in South Africa Accused of Pursuing Regime Change
Feb 22, 2016 12:33 AM EST
South Africa's ruling party, African National Congress (ANC), has alleged the diplomats of the United States of having "irregular activities" in attempt to spur regime change inside the country. The ANC party will be discussing this matter to the concerned authorities in Washington.
In a report by ABC News, the spokesman, identified as Keith Khoza, said the ANC party will be talking to officials in Washington through diplomatic channels regarding their concerns. These concerns include the accusations made by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe that the United States is planning a regime change in their country.
Mantashe added during a march for non-racialism in the capital of South Africa, Pretoria, that the regime change elements that they are observing are similar to those in Libya and Egypt, Yahoo News reported. Mantashe added that the "meetings in the American Embassy are about nothing else other than mobilization" for the supposed regime change. He added that they are aware of a program wherein they take young South Africans to the United States for six weeks and bring them back to "plant them everywhere."
However, these allegations were dismissed by the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard. He pointed out that the young people being questioned are part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This was started by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2014, The Guardian reported.
The initiative by Obama aims to help in supporting young African leaders and to help them strengthen their democratic governance so as to improve the peace and security all over Africa.
Gaspard echoed his sentiments on Twitter, saying he is "incredibly proud of the work my U.S. embassy colleagues" do every day in South Africa, specifically the projects about health, education, and job growth.
It is unclear when ANC will be talking to the officials in Washington to express their concerns. They have not yet released a statement after Gaspard's tweets.