Tweeps found humour even in the darkest of times when they asked the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to withdraw its statement on the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Tweeps said they were still in mourning and requested to be left out of the statement. According to DIRCO, South Africa is requesting that Russia withdraw its troops from Ukraine immediately.
On Thursday evening, February 24, the Russian military declared the first day of its invasion of Ukraine a success. On Thursday, Moscow declared that its military objectives had been met after President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion at dawn. A number of civilians are said to have died as thousands of Ukrainians attempted to flee the country.
Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of DIRCO, stated that South Africa is concerned about the ongoing tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border.
Pandor said, “The UNSC is the body given the mandate for maintenance of international peace & security and it must exercise its role fully. As South Africa, we believe all the issues of concern to any of the parties must be addressed in inclusive talks led by the UNSG.”
Mzansi took to social media to express their outrage at the statement. Others said they were still mourning the death of hip hop artist Riky Rick and refused to sign the DIRCO statement out of fear for their safety.
“Which South Africa? Mr. Putin Sir! If you get this message, just know Naledi Pandor’s actions are hers and hers alone, if you decide to bring war in South Africa, just know me and my family have nothing to do with this. & if you are wondering where to find her, try Waterkloof. Thank u,” One user said.
“When Russia comes for us, let’s all show them where Naledi Pandor lives,” another user tweeted.
SA can’t even ease the tension between Uber drivers and taxis, can they relax,” a tweep said.
“Which South Africa” but us South Africans we just love groove .. good music and bev why are they including us in wars ..? 🥺🤦🏿♂️ aowa re tlogeleng nna are lwe 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/s0Ze0wPueP
— KGOPOTSO (@_KGO_POTSO_) February 24, 2022
Cc Naledi, which South Africa?? We can’t even fight poverty, now you want us to fight Russia pic.twitter.com/f6L9HJij3N
— @CebisaPoultry (@Mhayise__) February 24, 2022
Which South Africa is Naledi Phondo talking about?
Thina as South Africans we love Russia even Xhosa people have names like o NomaRussia pls 😭
— Cyan Biscuit🦄💙🌙 (@_LethaboMnisi) February 24, 2022
Which south africa? The only Russian we know is the one we putin inside kota or sphatlo. Leave us alone please pic.twitter.com/27FhFcxPIY
— John Wick🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦 (@JohnWickwaMams) February 24, 2022