Western Cape Bans Russian Embassy From Attending Legislative Events


Alan Winde, Premier of the Western Cape.

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  • The Western Cape Legislature will no longer invite Russian embassy or consulate staff for events.
  • The provincial cabinet also decided that he would not attend any of his functions either.
  • Prime Minister Alan Winde said they felt they had to take a stand for the good of Ukrainians and Russians who are against the war.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has said Russian Federation embassy and consulate officials are no longer welcome at legislature functions and events.

Following on from his statement to the people of Ukraine following the attack by Russian forces on their neighbour, Winde said Legislative Assembly staff and officials would also not go to any of the events of the Russian Federation.

Winde came under fire last week for his stance on the war, with the opposition ANC saying the DA-led provincial government had not bothered to take a principled stance against further wars.

Winde said that although it is unusual for the provincial cabinet to take a position on such an issue, they had decided at a meeting on Thursday to take a clear position condemning the actions of the Russian Federation in Ukraine and call for a ceasefire, given the national situation. government’s “ambiguous” position.

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“While this is not common for a province, it was considered essential to make it clear to our own residents, the Ukrainian people and the rest of the world that we cannot and will not remain ‘neutral’ in the face of such a cruel attack on the democratic values ​​that we all hold dear,” Winde said.

The Western Cape government has also called for the complete withdrawal of Russian armed forces from Ukraine.

“While condemning the attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty, we also recognize that many Russian citizens are rising up and protesting against this war, and that thousands have been arrested as a result. This undemocratic crackdown also requires condemnation in the strongest terms,” ​​says Winde.


South Africans demonstrate in Pretoria against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Russian forces entered Ukraine on February 24 after weeks of gathering near the border for a complex set of reasons, including its opposition to Ukraine’s ambitions to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). .

NATO is an alliance of countries formed for their collective defense of each other. NATO was originally formed in response to Russian expansionism and is made up of European countries, the United Kingdom and the United States.

This not only triggered a mass evacuation from Ukraine of Ukrainians and foreign nationals living there, but also a series of sanctions.

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The ANC on Saturday called the sanctions “draconian”, in a statement denouncing the brutal cut of the world television feed Russia Today.

On Wednesday, Western Cape Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer said he was working to find alternative markets to buy wheat and fertilizer, and to redirect his horticulture products to.

As recently as January, the South African Embassy in Russia hosted a wine tasting to showcase South African wine and encourage imports from South Africa.

Most South African wines are produced in the Western Cape.

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