Recently, the U.S. Congress presented a Bill to Congress titled β€œUS South Africa Relations Review Act”, which is asking the U.S. Congress to:

1. enact a bill to enjoin the U.S. Secretary of State, Department of Defense, and a convened special congressional committee to:

a) Issue, in 90 days of the act, a public statement on whether South Africa has become a threat to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States for:

        • having relations with and supporting Hamas, which the U.S. government (not the international community) classifies as a terrorist organization without due process. This, despite the fact that in international law, only the UN Security Council has the legal authority to designate an entity as a terrorist organization after due process, to force the international community to isolate, criminalize and act against the designated entity.
        • South Africa not adhering to its own policy of non-alignment and neutrality by:

i. blaming Israel for causing the November 7, 2023, Hamas attacks on Israel because of its illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

ii. Condemning Israel’s indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Gaza and asking it to stop these attacks.

iii. South Africa and four other countries on the 17th November 2023, asking the ICC (International Criminal Court) to investigate Israeli officials for the war crimes that they are perpetuating in Gaza.

iv. Taking Israel to the ICJ (International Court of Justice) on the 29th of December, 2023.

v. Naledi Pando having meetings with Iranian government officials, who the U.S. government alleges to be sponsoring Hamas’ alleged terrorist activities.

vi. Supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, 2022, by allegedly allowing a U.S. sanctioned Russian ship named Lady R, to dock in Simon’s Town and transfer arms in December 2022.

vii. Allowing a Russian military cargo plane to land at Waterkloof and the SANDF undertaking military exercises with Russia.

viii. Supporting the Chinese government by holding joint military exercises, allowing Chinese technology and technology companies to operate in South Africa.

ix. Permitting Chinese Confucian schools to be established in South Africa, allowing South African pilot training schools to recruit western pilots to train Chinese pilots, and assisting China to establish leadership training institutes in Tanzania to train African leaders on Chinese leadership.

x. The ANC allegedly being corrupt and undertaking state capture that the U.S. claims has crippled South African parastatals and prevented it from managing a cholera outbreak.

2. After determining whether South Africa is a threat to U.S. interests, the act says a report must be written to the U.S. Congress Committee, certifying the outcome of the determination.

3. From then, the U.S. President, in consultation with the Secretary of State, Department of Defense, USIAD , the US Ambassador to South Africa, and heads of other U.S. departments and agencies that interact closely with South Africa, will then begin a comprehensive review of the relationship between the United States and South Africa.

4. Within 120 days of the enactment of the Act, the U.S. President must present a report of the review to the Congress Committee.

5. If the U.S. government determines the ANC government to be a threat to US interests, when and if that government wins elections or goes into coalition with a party the West considers radical, later this year (2024), the U.S. government is likely to:

(a) declare a national emergency against that government.

(b) This will then trigger the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, which will see South Africa being removed from AGOA; US and global financial institutions that want to do business with US banks being prohibited from clearing the funds of or giving loans to South African government.

(c) US companies and those wanting to do business in the U.S. will then be prohibited from giving technology, software, goods and services to that government, parastatals, and those who do business with them. All the above banking and trade restrictions will see US seed companies withholding seeds to farmers to engineer famine.

Written by Rutendo Matinyarare, Chairman of ZASM.


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