National Assembly to debate Russia's invasion of Ukraine

National Assembly to debate Russia's invasion of Ukraine

National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has agreed to an urgent debate by MPs on the impact of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 

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This after the Democratic Alliance penned a letter to Mapisa-Nqakula's office last week.

The opposition party is up in arms over what it describes as "government's utterly disappointing" response to the war.

Millions have been displaced from their homes in Ukraine, while thousands have died in the crossfire.

The shockwaves have also impacted South Africa, including a knock-on effect on the country's fuel prices. 

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On Wednesday, Mapisa-Nqakula acceded to the DA's request.

"I will accordingly schedule an urgent debate on this topic after consulting the programming authorities," she said in her response to the party.

DA leader John Steenhuisen welcomed the move.

"We do not believe that the ANC government's decision to remain 'neutral' - which really means they have chosen to side with Russia – is a true reflection of South Africans' position on this matter. 

"It certainly is not in the national interest. On the contrary, it will cause our nation profound harm.

"It will drive up food and fuel prices at a time when most South Africans are already battling to feed their families and to afford transport."

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"Oil and gas prices are already spiking globally, and these are having a knock-on effect on the prices of food and consumer goods. It will also drive South Africa's true friends away from us, and this at a time when our country is vulnerable and in need of support."

A date is yet to be set for the debate.

"Quite apart from the ethics of our position, we as a nation simply cannot afford to side with Russia against the West. We risk losing investment, loans, trade deals, foreign aid and myriad other forms of support," Steenhuisen added.


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