'At the centre of SA foreign policy is the defence of human rights'

What is South Africa foreign policy? Where does the country stand regarding what is happening in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Zimbabwe?

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The spokesperson at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation Ndivhuwo Mabaya says in the centre of South Africa's foreign policy is the defence for human rights and the country's national interest.

Our national interests include ensuring that whenever we engage across the world, that engagement leads to the benefit of our people. President Ramaphosa from day one indicated that among our priorities, economic diplomacy should be there.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson

That means that our diplomats across the world, as they engage with different stakeholders, must make sure that there is investment coming into the country and these partnerships lead to job creation.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson

Mabaya reiterated that ultimately the country's policy is centred around defending human rights.

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He adds that there are times the country might have moved away from that stance, but currently human rights are at the centre.

He adds that President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is attending a Sadec Summit in Ethiopia, has made it very clear that when it comes to the DRC, institutions of democracy need to be respected.

We must allow the current court processes to take place and importantly, we must continue to monitor what is happening there. But our position has been very clear, that this is a time for the DRC to introduce new dawn in that country.

Ndivhuwo Mabaya, Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson

Mabaya says when it comes to Zimbabwe, the president has asked the different ministers to engage with the government in Zimbabwe in order to deal with the fuel tariff hikes protests.

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