Johannesburg, 28 February, 2022 / 9:48 pm (ACI Africa).
Officials of the Jesuit Institute South Africa have called upon the country’s government to cut its diplomatic ties with the regime of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, among other actions against the Eastern European nation that launched a military invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
In a February 25 Press Release, the leadership of the Jesuit institute says that it is “not enough” that the South African government is calling on Putin to withdraw forces from Ukraine and calls for even more stringent actions against Russia.
“While the South African Government has called on Putin to withdraw his forces (from Ukraine), this is not enough. We call on the South African Government to condemn Russia’s total disregard for international law, to impose sanctions with immediate effect, to withdraw South African support, and to cut diplomatic ties with the Putin regime,” officials the Jesuit Institute say.
They described Putin’s regime as imperialistic, and say, “The hard-fought-for democracy in our own country should make South Africa particularly aware of the importance of respecting the integrity of democratic and sovereign states.”
South Africa has authority to speak against the ongoing military actions of Russia since the two countries belong to the BRICS community, the officials say in the February 25 Press Release by the spokesperson of the Johannesburg-based Jesuit Institute.