Eric Naki
Political Editor
5 minute read
9 Apr 2022
4:33 am

Ousting Russia from UN body won’t contribute to end of Ukraine war – Pandor

Eric Naki

International relations expert Prof Jan Venter from North-West University said SA, by abstaining, was trying not to offend Russia or the West.

Minister of International Relations and Coorperation Naledi Pandor. Picture; Gallo Images/Sydney Seshibedi

Even as Russian rockets were allegedly sending deadly cluster bombs onto a train station in eastern Ukraine, killing scores of people, South Africa’s International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor was defending the country’s decision to abstain from a United Nations vote to expel Russia from the international body’s Human Rights Council. Stating South Africa’s position that peaceful resolution was the best option in the conflict, Pandor opposed any suggestion that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) countries should be part of efforts to end the war. She also lashed out at UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres for his absence during this global crisis....