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Ramaphosa hopeful SA will be removed from UK red list

Ramaphosa said he put South Africa’s case to Johnson during a phone conversation on Thursday.
Image: Cyril Ramaphosa Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said he is hopeful the country will be removed from a list of nations whose residents are restricted from visiting the UK after he discussed the issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The inclusion of South Africa on the UK’s so-called red list was problematic because Britain is its biggest source of tourism and a major trading partner, Ramaphosa said in a televised address. While UK scientists were concerned about the present of the Covid-19 beta variant in South Africa, it had been displaced by the more infectious Delta strain, he said.

Ramaphosa said he put South Africa’s case to Johnson during a phone conversation on Thursday.

“We both agreed that decisions of this nature should be informed by science and are hopeful of a positive outcome when the issue comes up for review in the coming days,” he said.

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They ( UK,USA,EU etc. ) can rather put SA on a red list for corruption.

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