Johannesburg - The DA says President Cyril Ramaphosa should use the country’s non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to resolve the crisis in Venezuela.
The party said South Africa should play a leading role in returning Venezuela to an open democracy especially with regards to country’s declining economy.
“Now that South Africa will hold a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the term 2019 – 2020, we challenge President Ramaphosa to use our position on the UNSC to try to resolve the crisis in Venezuela and return the country to open democracy. South Africa must use its position on UNSC to advance liberal democracy and stand up for justice, freedom and human rights across the globe. The ANC government needs to stop siding with dictators, and thug-governments,” said DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
Maimane met opposition members of Parliament from Venezuela on Friday.
The MPs Miguel Pizarro and José Manuel Olivares, from the Primero Justicia party, signed a pledge with the DA to advance freedom and democracy.