After West Africa, Russia's influence now extends to South Africa

2023-08-03 16:51:29

South African member of parliament, Julius Malema, urged leaders of the BRICS bloc to boycott the upcoming BRICS summit in solidarity with Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

BRICS current members are China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa.

Speaking at an anniversary rally for South Africa's third largest party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Malema also denounced America's pressure to turn against the Russian leader.

"We call on the president of the People's Republic of China, India and Brazil not to come to BRICS Summit in solidarity with President Putin, they must say: 'You touch one of us, you touch all of us'", said Julius Malema, leader of the EFF party.

During the speech to mark the 10th anniversary of the party, Malema also turned against South Africa's president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

"It is Ramaphosa, the coward Ramaphosa, who could not guarantee that we would not arrest Putin. We are Putin and Putin is us, and we will never support imperialism against President Putin", affirmed the leftist radical.

Since the events of last year in Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger in West Africa, which led to the intensification of Africans' opposition to America and Europe, there are more signs of increasing Russian influence in this region.

BRICS expansion will mark significant change in global order: South Africa

South Africa says a planned announcement on the expansion of BRICS at an upcoming summit in Johannesburg will "mark a significant change in the global order", Bloomberg reported.

The remarks were made on Wednesday by South Africa’s ambassador to the five-nation bloc, even as some BRICS members push back against new admissions into the bloc.

Heads of state from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will make a pronouncement on the enlargement of the group when they meet Aug. 22-24, Anil Sooklal said in a lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

“BRICS has been a catalyst for a tectonic change you will see in the global geopolitical architecture starting with the summit,” Sooklal said. While he emphasized that the bloc doesn’t see itself as a counterweight to any other organization, he said its expansion was stoking anxiety and opposition among nations in “privileged positions.”

Twenty-two nations have asked formally to become full-time members of the group, and more than 20 others have submitted informal requests.

China favors a rapid expansion of the bloc, which will require consensus among its members. But it has encountered opposition from India and Brazil.

India wants strict rules on how and when other nations could move closer to the group without formally enlarging it, and Brazil is wary of alienating the US and European Union, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

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