Africa Check: Claims that SA receives R300 billion aid from US is false

Africa Check says Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollop's warning against the possibility of the United States withdrawing its financial aid supposedly worth R 300 billion, is false.

Last month, Trollip tweeted that “the US gives us 300 billion rand worth of aid for the poor”.

Looking at the most recent congressional budget justification of foreign operations, Africa Check says the funding provided to South Africa in 2017, sits at a total of a total of $471 million - the equivalent of R6.1 billion.

Responding to whether or not SA runs the risk of losing the aid because of land expropriation, researcher Kate Wilkinson explains that this may only happen if land expropriation was large scale, prolonged and if there were other significant deteriorations in the rule of law. This is according to a report produced by the US Congress.

There are times and reasons that aid can be stopped from the US to countries and things that could cause that to happen were if there was a country where there was a military coup, or if a country wasn't cracking down on the drug trade or human trafficking...things along those lines.

Kate Wilkonson, researcher at Africa Check

When it comes to land expropriation, what it appears to suggest is there could be considerations to withdraw or suspend aid if there was land expropriation, but it seems it would be the case if the land being expropriated was majority owned by US citizens.

Kate Wilkonson, researcher at Africa Check

Or in a second case there seem to be restrictions for specific countries in specific circumstances.

Kate Wilkonson, researcher at Africa Check

Click on the link below to hear more from Wilkinson. She also has a look at claims that Nigerian immigrants are top of the class in the US....


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