Ivan Lewis MP, Shadow International Development Secretary, responding to Justine Greening’s claim that the decision to end DfID’s bilateral aid programme to South Africa was agreed by the South African government, said:
"Justine Greening has serious questions to answer – her claim that her decision was made with the agreement of her South African counterparts has been completely contradicted by the South African Government.
"This looks like a serious breach of trust with one of our most important strategic partners. Justine Greening must explain why she is saying one thing about her conduct while the South African Government is saying another.
"Behaving in what looks like a high-handed and patronising fashion towards South Africa is no way to treat one of the world’s key emerging nations and is not in Britain’s national interest."