Status on the Rendering of Financial Aid to Palestine by South
Africa as was requested by Hamas
QUESTION NO: 477
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION
PAPER NO 11 OF 19 May 2006
MR P W A MULDER (FF) TO ASK THE MINISTER
OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
(1) Whether South Africa was requested by Hamas
to render financial aid to Palestine; if so, (a) when and (b) what was the amount
(2) Whether South Africa agreed to render financial assistance
to Hamas and Palestine; if so, what is the extent of such financial assistance;
Whether the money has already been transferred; if not, what is the position in
this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? N561E
Yes. On 4 May 2006 the Hamas-led Government of Palestine requested the South African
Government to assist the Ministry of Heath of Palestine financially. No amount
was stipulated. The request is still under consideration.
(2) Apart from
the requests received from the Palestinian Government, the South African Government
provides financial assistance to the Embassy of Palestine in Pretoria on an annual
basis. The amount changes year on year.
(3) Last year, an amount of R1,8
million has been paid to the Embassy of Palestine, for the upkeep of the Official
Residence as well as for administrative running costs of the Chancery.