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The Ukrainian ambassador to SA Liubov Abravitova, deserves our respect. She has worked tirelessly to publicise the plight of her countrymen and woman, fighting as hard as her comrades on the front lines. While her comrades fight invaders, she has been fighting a faceless SA bureaucracy that values protocol above human lives. She is perfectly entitled to give President Cyril Ramaphosa the cold shoulder and keep him waiting some more to have that call with her boss, President Volodymyr Zelensky.

After all, Ramaphosa waited a week after he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin to even request a conversation with Zelensky. When Abravitova asked for emergency meetings with Ramaphosa and international relations & co-operation minister Naledi Pandor given the calamity that had befallen her country and SA influence as a Brics country, she was told protocol did not allow her, a mere ambassador, to meet his holiness Ramaphosa and her highness Pandor. All sarcasm observed...

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