/ 4 March 2022

Can South Africa stay neutral in Russia-Ukraine war?

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Members of South Africa's Ukrainian Association sing and chant slogans while holding anti-war posters during their protest in support of Ukraine in front of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria, on March 1, 2022. - Ukraine is finding it hard to get its message across in southern Africa, where there remains affection for Moscow dating from the apartheid era, the Ukrainian ambassador in Pretoria said. Like Ukrainian envoys around the world, Ambassador Liubov Abravitova is striving to rally support for her invaded country. (Phill Magakoe / AFP via Getty Images)

Will the government be able to retain its principled non-aligned stance as a humanitarian crisis looms and pressure on Vladimir Putin mounts?

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