Categories Business Tech World ANC and DA at odds over Russian invasion of Ukraine Post author By vanirexodus Post date March 2, 2022 No Comments on ANC and DA at odds over Russian invasion of Ukraine While the ANC government has avoided taking a firm stance on the war in Ukraine, it has become embroiled in a political struggle at home as the Democratic Alliance (DA) has unleashed a barrage of criticism. Initially, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) issued a strong statement, with Minister Naledi Pandor calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. But she has since been forced to sit back, as Lindiwe Zulu, the ANC’s international bureau chief, has publicly commented on the matter. She refused to condemn the Russian invasion and only called for both… While the ANC government has avoided taking a firm stance on the war in Ukraine, it has become embroiled in a political struggle at home as the Democratic Alliance (DA) has unleashed a barrage of criticism. Initially, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) issued a strong statement, with Minister Naledi Pandor calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from Ukraine. But she has since been forced to sit back, as Lindiwe Zulu, the ANC’s international bureau chief, has publicly commented on the matter. She declined to condemn the Russian invasion, calling only on both sides to agree to a ceasefire and begin talks. Dirk Kotze, professor of political science at the University of South Africa, said the presidency has abandoned Nelson Mandela’s vision of putting human rights at the heart of foreign policy. Kotze, warning of the reputational damage caused by South Africa sending mixed signals about the crisis in Ukraine, said Dirco had emphasized the international legal position – “emphasizing that any war, in terms of public international definition, is illegal and unjustified, unless it is in the form of defense”. ALSO READ: Modise and Co’s Russian ‘cocktail party’ on invasion day ‘grotesque’, says DA “With Dirco advocating for the foreign policy of the SA [is] based on human rights and democratization, the department goes as far back as Mandela’s presidency, in terms of what he promoted worldwide. “President Cyril Ramaphosa does not seem to want to take it that far, to emphasize only dialogue, which is not in line with the international world position.” The DA attacked the government for allowing Defense Minister and Military Veterans Thandi Modise and SA National Defense Force chief General Rudzani Maphwanya to attend a function at the Russian embassy in Pretoria last Thursday, the day Russia President Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine. The DA also attacked the government for sending a delegation to this week’s meeting to celebrate 30 years of relations between South Africa and Russia, describing the move as “insensitive”. “That is a very sensitive issue, because many countries will criticize us critically during the war in Ukraine,” Kotze said. “Another diplomatic test for South Africa will be at the United Nations when countries vote in the General Assembly on this war in Ukraine – on whether or not to support sanctions against Russia.” Criticism of the DA by ANC Western Cape leader Cameron Dugmore for organizing a pro-Ukrainian solidarity rally was “unjustified,” he said. In a video posted from a Russian-hosted function in Cape Town, Dugmore said: “We are deeply honored to be… at a very special event, celebrating 30 years of South Africa-Russia relationship. ALSO READ: South Africans tease government over Russia statement “The DA has invited people – without consulting anyone. Many countries will criticize us for coming together in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and lighting a building in Ukrainian colors. “This shows the bankruptcy of the DA in this province – which is trying to use this conflict opportunistically but refusing to be involved in the Palestinian issue.” Kotze said: “All political parties have the right to express their views on this issue.” Brics, the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, was an insignificant factor in South Africa’s stance on Ukraine, Kotze said. However, the historical relations between the ANC and the former Soviet Union were significant. Professor Siphamandla Zondi, a professor of politics and international relations at the University of Johannesburg, said there was an insignificant difference in Dirco’s line and the presidency “because both advocate stability and cessation of hostilities”. † [email protected] Vanir-exodus.co.za ← Russia-Ukraine: support the people, not the government → ANC and DA use Russian invasion of Ukraine to score political points Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.