On a tour of southern Africa, Russian Federation Council leader Valentina Matvienko promised Zimbabwe and Mozambique that their imports of basic necessities would not be hit by the war in Ukraine. But the Kremlin envoy notably did not include South Africa in her trip.
For over a year now political parties have been required to publish the names of their donors under the new Political Party Funding Act. The African National Congress, however, is uncomfortable with disclosing its supporters and plans to revise the law.
On 25 May, the radical left-wing party, which is the third biggest in the country and has close links with Russia, is organising a march on the French embassy in Pretoria. Unprecedented in South Africa, the demonstration is billed as denouncing France's interference in the continent's affairs.
Of all the directorates of the Southern African Development Community, the one charged with regional political, defence, and security issues is by far the most strategic. Headed by Angola's Jorge Cardoso, it has to humour the changing moods of the organisation's rotating presidents at a time when a SADC military response is increasingly expected in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.