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The ASRI Report

Sameera Casmod |
18 August 2023 | 10:20am SAST
1-min read

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In the ASRI Report on Radio Islam International this week, Angelo Fick, the director of research at Auwal Socio-economic Research Institute (ASRI), provided insights into South Africa’s current political landscape. Fick’s analysis covered the Multi-party Charter (Moonshot Pact), the upcoming BRICS Summit, and the recent controversy surrounding the U.S. ambassador’s comments.

Fick delved into the intricacies of the Multi-party Charter for South Africa. While the pact aims to unseat the ANC, Fick raised critical questions about its viability. He highlighted the challenge of moving beyond power-sharing discussions and emphasised the need for a comprehensive plan of governance. With several parties involved, Fick questioned whether these parties could align their agendas to effectively run the country if they secure the majority in the 2024 elections.

As the BRICS Summit prepares to kick off in Johannesburg, Fick explored its significance for South Africa and the broader world order. He likened the summit’s global power dynamics to soaring eagles and vultures while South Africans grapple with immediate concerns. Fick discussed the global power shift since 1990, noting the rise of economies like China and India challenging the unipolar dominance of the United States. He highlighted the need for a new global alignment, similar to the 20th-century non-aligned movement, to address economic inequalities and geopolitical tensions. Fick underscored South Africa’s role within the BRICS bloc and the nation’s potential to leverage its geostrategic position to foster economic growth.

Fick offered insights into the controversy surrounding U.S. Ambassador Reuben Brigety’s comments about South Africa providing arms to Russia via the Lady R vessel. Fick stressed the importance of diplomatic credibility and trust in international relations. Fick questioned whether the ambassador’s role could effectively represent the interests of both the United States and South Africa after making disputed remarks. He proposed that resolving the matter might involve appointing a new ambassador to restore mutual trust between the two nations.

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