The country’s president, Yoweri Museveni, is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
He’s said the president has become a “national fascist” and called the US a “racist state”.
“The West, the United States, is a racist state,” he said.
“The United States is a country of people who believe in the idea of racial superiority.”
“I am proud to say that in my country there are white supremacists, white nationalists, anti-Semites and all other racists.”
But he also said he was proud of South Africans who had fought for their country and fought for democracy.
“We are a democratic nation,” he told the Associated Press news agency on March 1.
“I believe we are going to defend our democracy in a way that we haven’t done before.”
Musevenia has promised to hold free and fair elections in 2018, and his countrymen are increasingly critical of Trump’s policies, particularly his support for a military intervention in Somalia and the US-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
“Trump has given the United Kingdom, the USA and other western countries a license to bomb us and to shoot down our planes,” said Riek Machlul, a local activist.
“This is a dangerous policy and one that is not conducive to the development of the country.”
A survey released by South Africa’s anti-apartheid advocacy group, the Black Alliance for the Liberation of Angola, last month found 56 per cent of respondents opposed Trump’s “America First” policies, and 69 per cent believed Trump would be a worse president than former President Nelson Mandela.
“It is the job of South Africa to lead the world, to be the leader in the world.
And it is the task of South African people to be leaders,” Musevenis presidency told the AP.