Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Dudu Zuma-Sambudla, has made no secret of her support for Russia amid the invasion of Ukraine with bold hashtags on her Twitter account which reads “I Stand With Russia” as well as her profile photo showcasing the same message.
She has taken her support one step further after reportedly landing in Russia, and shared photos of herself in front of the unique Museum, Peterhof Palace, but it’s unclear what the purpose of her trip is. This was the caption linked to her tweet: “Someone Please Tell My Good Friend Mbakz [Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula] That I Have Just Landed In Russia… He Has Still Blocked Me.”
— Dudu Zuma-Sambudla (@DZumaSambudla) March 9, 2022
She went on to say that “I Hear People Are Having Chest Pains There In South Africa! And Shem Mna I Am Unapologetic” to which people responded by calling her a “brave young woman” while another said “We fully behind you and relax the chest pains are only felt by a very few”.
— Dudu Zuma-Sambudla (@DZumaSambudla) March 10, 2022
Prior to this, Dudu Zuma-Sambudla responded to a report which stated that the Russia-China trade turnover is up by almost 40 percent as she said: “We Do Not Need The West…I Repeat…We Do Not Need The West. BRICS Is Where It’s At”.
Jacob Zuma also showed that he is in full support of Russia after his foundation released a statement where he sided with Russia and expressed favour of ‘His Excellency President Vladimir Putin’, positioning Putin as a person of peace.
“His Excellency President Vladimir Putin has been very patient with the western forces. He has been crystal clear about his opposition of the eastern expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) into Ukraine, among other areas, and is on record about the military threat posed to Russia by the presence of these forces; if allowed to be on his door-step,” the statement reads.
Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa recently explained South Africa’s position on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his weekly open letter to the public and said:
“In a world where far too many disputes between and within countries are settled through the barrel of a gun, the view that differences are best resolved through negotiation, dialogue and compromise may seem out of touch, and even fanciful.
“And yet, as a country that attained democracy through a negotiated settlement, we remain steadfast in our conviction that achieving world peace through negotiation, and not force of arms, is indeed attainable.
“We all call upon Russia and the Ukraine to subject this conflict to mediation and do everything in their power to reach an agreement that will lead to the cessation of hostilities.
“The peoples of Russia and Ukraine – two neighbours whose histories, peoples and fortunes are inextricably bound together – deserve a peace that is durable, sustainable and lasting.”
Picture: Dudu Zuma-Sambudla / Twitter