Dirco to "démarche" five embassies for letter written to President Ramaphosa

Five embassies have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa stating their concerns with the corruption in South Africa.

This stems for the testimonies presented at the state capture commission of inquiry, implicating some senior government officials in corruption and fraud.

The embassies of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland have asked the president to deal with officials implicated in corruption.

EWN Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish says the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) is not happy with this letter, and Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has instructed that the department to "demarche" the concerned embassies.

Dirco is saying the embassies need to go through the right channels.

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According to these five, they felt since they account for 75% of South Africa's foreign direct investment that they have the muscle to say to President Cyril Ramaphosa you have to do something.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, Africa correspondent - EWN

We want a clear and qualified political manifestation commitment to the rule of law, the independent judiciary and honest business practices.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, Africa correspondent - EWN

I think it axiomatic that Ramaphosa is reluctant to go after ministers named in the corruption files because it going to make severe inroads into the ruling ANC, could even split it. Now they are saying you better do something about it if you want to ensure continued investment into this country.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, Africa correspondent - EWN

Cornish says the embassies sending a letter directly to the president while disregarding all diplomatic channels, shows just how serious they regard this matter.

But obviously, Dirco is not happy with the way this matter is tackled, says Cornish.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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