- ANC secretary general, Ace Magashule, is leading a mission to the embattled country
- This comes after rising economic and political tensions in Venezuela
- South Africa, however, continues to standby by dictator Nicolas Maduro
Ace Magashule is currently leading an ANC delegation to Venezuela.
This comes after widespread economic and political unrest in the nation.
Government did not elaborate on the nature of the visit, but indicated that it was a "fact-finding mission".
Venezuela is currently riven by a leadership battle between Nicolas Maduro, the successor of Hugo Chavez (and widely considered a dictator), as well as Juan Guadio, the leader of the National Assembly. Different factions in the country recognize Maduro and Guadio as president, respectively.
The leadership feud was sparked as the oil-rich socialist country's economic crisis worsened. Since then, over 50 countries have pledged their support for Guadio, including the United States.
However, the ANC has said it believes Venezuela's crisis is being driven by this influence from external actors - including the USA. As a result, the ANC has voiced opposition to external interference in Venezuela.
The ANC added that its foreign policy was based on "human rights, rule of law and democracy", and that it would support whichever candidate was democratically chosen. Despite this, South Africa remains one of the few countries still supporting Maduro.
South Africa has voted in support of Maduro on the UN Security Council, for example.
The South African government also continues to stand by Maduro, despite reports of Venezuelan government forces cracking down on dissent with excessive force, drawing condemnation from organisations like the UN's human rights office.
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