South Africa: Civil Disorder

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 8th September 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his South African counterpart on supporting South African access to food and essential supplies during the recent period of unrest and violence.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is concerned by the outbreak of violence in July in South Africa, and strongly supports President Ramaphosa's emphasis on the importance of the rule of law. The South African Government put a number of measures in place to restore calm and secure shopping malls, petrol stations and key transport routes, including the deployment of the South African National Defence Force to support the police. This quickly restored access to food and essential supplies. The UK is also helping fund initiatives that are providing food and health-related support in the affected provinces.

The British High Commission in South Africa engage regularly with South African authorities. The Foreign Secretary last met with the South African Foreign Minister at the G7 Foreign Minister Meeting, and the UK-South Africa Bilateral Forum. The Prime Minister met with President Ramaphosa at the G7 Summit.

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