The reaction comes on the save evening that South Africa decided to abstain from a UN vote that condemned Russia for its aggressive invasion of Ukraine. Mzansi was amongst 34 nations that failed to censure Vladimir Putin.
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— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) March 2, 2022
The move now shines an intense spotlight on SA’s own moral compass – particularly that of the ANC government. It was speculated earlier in the day that our representatives at the UN could choose to remain neutral on the matter.
But many are now recalling the words of Desmond Tutu, who pointed out that ‘those who remain neutral in situations of injustice have chosen the side of the oppressor’. Roughly 150 countries – forming an overwhelming majority of UN member states – voted to condemn Putin and his violent campaign against Ukraine.
Viewers who tuned into DStv channel 407 on Wednesday soon realised that they were not able to watch Russia Today, after they were greeted with an error message informing the public that ‘the channel is closed’.
A brief statement was issued by MultiChoice, who explained that they were left with no choice but to suspend the service – thanks to the sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union: