International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor says it is not true that South Africa is not as supportive to other conflict ridden African countries as it is toward Sudan.

Pandor was responding to questions during a Ministerial Peace and Security Cluster oral reply session in the National Assembly.

Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Mergan Chetty wanted to know what  government is doing to resolve conflict  in other countries including at Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.

Pandor says, “ We provide support  through training and humanitarian support assistance and other forms of support to South Sudan. So it’s is not true to say that the government is oblivious or not involved in matters that are relevant or conflict ridden on the African Continent.”

“We were the first to send envoys to Ethiopia in an attempt to persuade the leaders of Ethiopia that conflict would not suit the cohesion that is necessary to that wonderful country of the continent. And we wish that the seasoned envoys we deployed had been listened to,” she adds.

Suspension

Last month, the African Union (AU) suspended Sudan from all of its activities until the civilian-led transitional authority is restored.

The AU says this week’s coup in the country was unconstitutional.

There were demonstrations against the military takeover in the capital Khartoum.  Trade unions representing doctors and oil workers joined the protests.

In the video below, Political analyst Professor Ibbo Mandaza gives analysis of the situation in Sudan: