South Africa to close 10 diplomatic missions abroad
20 May 2021
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) says it has taken the hard but necessary decision to shut down 10 diplomatic missions abroad.
According to the department, this was in response to the country’s fiscal constraints, exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the media ahead of her department’s budget vote in Parliament, Minister Naledi Pandor said Cabinet made the resolution after a series of consultations that culminated in a decision.
According to the Minister, the missions, which include embassies, high commissions and consulates, are being closed systematically during the 2021/22 financial year.