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Two high ranking South African diplomats have taken the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to court for refusing to extend their terms - in Belgium and Italy, respectively - because they say travelling amid the Covid-19 pandemic poses too great a risk.

Minister plenipotentiary in Brussels Suhayfa Soobedar, who was appointed by the department, and Titi Nxumalo, the consul-general in Milan who was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, saw their four-year terms abroad end in June.

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