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SA Minister Tells West To Stop "Patronising Bullying" On Ukraine

SA Minister Tells West To Stop

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor has warned global powers against dictating how African countries should respond to global issues saying South Africa will never accept what she termed “patronising bullying”.

Pandor made the remarks when she hosted U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the first leg of his Africa visit.

At a joint press conference in the South African capital, Pretoria, Pandor made it clear that South Africa has different views from the U.S. on Ukraine, China, and Israel and the Palestinians. Responding to a question from a journalist, Pandor said:

I’m glad that secretary Blinken has confirmed that America is not asking us to choose. I don’t recall any attempt by the United States to do that but in terms of our interaction with some of our partners in Europe and elsewhere, there has been a sense of patronising bullying, “you choose this or else.”

The recent legislation passed in the United States of America by the House of Representatives which we find a most unfortunate Bill that we hoped the media would say more about because when we believe in freedom as I said, we believe in freedom for everybody.

You can’t say because Africa is doing this, you will then be punished by the United States. So that has been a disappointing passage of legislation by one House and we hope the other House will not agree to such offensive legislation.

Indeed, it is important that all of us accept our ability to hold different opinions. We are after all sovereign nations that are regarded as equal in terms of the United Nations Charter.

We may differ in terms of economic power and economic ability to influence developments in different parts of the world but what will make the world better is if we respect each other. This is very, very important.

And one thing I definitely dislike is being told “either you choose this or else”. When a minister speaks to me like that, which Secretary Blinken has never done, but some have, I definitely will not be bullied in that way nor will I expect any other African country worth its salt to agree to be treated [that way].

Watch Pandor’s response in the video below:

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13 Comments

flames 1 month ago

The West have interest s in Africa but, want to hind behind democracy


Greyhora 1 month ago

ibva apa iwe you are light years behind America. In Africa you have failed to assert your influence. If South Africa is to be respected it should have solved our crisis starting with Smith.It was reluctant to help him fully. With Mugabe they did queit diplomacy which doomed us all. Solver nyaya yeZimbabwe 1st not kuudza America superpower iyo zvekuiita


Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

@Zuze, ndopakangwarira USA ipapo, vanouya pekutanga vachinyepedzera senge vakuda kubatsira kana vaona kuti your economy is now dependent on them votanga kukuudzirai zvekuita vachiti makaramba tokupai masanctions. Hakuna bullying kana cruelty inopfuura ipapo

Zuze 1 month ago

Eheka ings ndataura maSanctions acho.
Havadi kutamba nemi, saka uri lida kuvamanikidza kutamba nemi here?

Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

@Zuze, USA is saying if you don't do ABC we will give you economic sanctions and make you suffer. Saka hakusi kumanikidza here ikoko, they should not be threatening to give Africa sanctions if they want they are saying they don't want to force any country into doing anything

Zuze 1 month ago

Nhaiwe Chimbodza Pizza, @Greyhora ati SasaAfrika haina kodzero yekutaura yakamirira Afirika nekuti yakatadza kugadzirisa nyaya dziri pedyo nayo (Rhodesia ne Zimbabwe).

Besides, politics is the art of organising alliances around your mission and thinking. USA is not telling Africa what to do. It is just pointing out that " if you do ABC, we will do XYZ " It's therefore up to each individual country or nation to choose sides in the Russo-Ukraine conflict. Period.

It's the sam thinking that went into ZIDERA. If Zimbabwe does not uphold civic rights, hold uncontested elections, stops human rights abuses, the USA will not give financial backing to Zimbabwe via IMF and World Bank. Simple.

Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

@Greyhora unenge usina kunyatsoverenga ukanzwisisa, Naledi Pandor haana kumbotaura kuti Africa ine influence ati musaudzire Africa zvekuita

Strongnell 1 month ago

That is what the west does especially if you want their money they will tell you to change your Constitution in to accommodate gay marriages.Mukomana uyu ari kunzi nevanhu ngaapinde hake akato bvuma kuti James na Andrew vachatiswe semurume nemukadzi.Eish ndaukuda kurutsa


Turoo 1 month ago

@Zuze, ndazviziva kuti haumbotadze kuda vakadzi nekunakidza kunoita miviri yavo, **** ndati. But zvekumiririra ngochani izvo siyana nazvo wakunyanyawo kuda zvechiAmerican American

Zuze 1 month ago

It is my Constitutional Right to express my own views. Freedom of Speech. Freedom to believe and not to believe. I personally don't condone gay and lesbianism, but it's their right. Much as I don't associate with them, I uphold their right to free association and dissociation.

For your own information, handisi ngochani. Vakadzi ndinovada chaizvo.

Turoo 1 month ago

@Zuze buda mucomment section ndaona waraper vamwe varume, kangochani😂

Zuze 1 month ago

Iwe, kana Andrew achida kuiswa nekumanyowa zvinei newe? Pane akamboti usanamate Roma here enda unonamata Chipostori. That my friend is the basis of Freedom of Association. If Susan wants to (sèxually) associate with Ellen, it is her right. Similarly Andrew and James.

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You Minister..... 1 month ago

South Africa's treatment of foreigner 's is disgraceful. They should be ashamed.



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