The US ambassador to South Africa has accused the country of supplying weapons to Russia despite its professed neutrality in the war in Ukraine.
Reuben Brigety claimed that a Russian ship was loaded with ammunition and arms in Cape Town last December. Brigety said this at a media briefing in Pretoria, that Washington had concerns about the country’s stated non-aligned stance on the conflict.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office said it was disappointed by the claims and said no evidence has been provided to support them. Reports say the country has maintained claims of neutrality in the invasion of Ukraine.
In the wake of the allegations, the South African government announced the establishment of an independent inquiry led by a retired judge.