The curious case of SA’s donations worth millions to Cuba

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South Africa donated medical supplies to Cuba. Picture: Embassy of Cuba in South Africa/Facebook
South Africa donated medical supplies to Cuba. Picture: Embassy of Cuba in South Africa/Facebook

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At a pivotal juncture in the country’s fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus, when the rate of infections is almost at a peak and healthcare workers’ cries for adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) are falling on deaf ears, it has emerged that South Africa made generous donations of “medical material supplies” worth tens of millions of rands to the Cuban government.

The ANC-led government, whose response to the pandemic has been hampered by rampant allegations of mass looting of Covid-19 relief funds, has been publicly thanked by the Caribbean island country for making not one but two donations of medical materials and food supplies.

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