It’s been seven hours since South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced he had “just landed in Ukraine” and while it remains to be seen if he’s in the troubled European nation, South Africans have his account inundated with jokes in response to his statement.
“Do they need help with corruption?” early @DlalaChampion†
Several other users responded with some limericks about Mbalula that could use a little more work.
“The minister went to Ukraine, while the people were waiting in a train, he announced his trip as if it were a holiday, while people were scratching through bricks to find a station, he is going to inspect the war, he says, while the suspects who waged war against our stations are still on paid vacation,” tweeted @Urban Lo†
“There was an old Free State cadres, he became a minister on the ANC slate, he said he would fix trains and then took off on a plane, that shabby old Free State cadres,” commented @ScottHRoberts1.
“You land in Ukraine Fikile as our cars land on potholes here,” quipped @Collen_KM†
Minister Fikile Mbalula’s tweet comes just days after a series of jokes by South African social media users about their possible future participation in the ongoing violence and shelling between Russia and Ukraine.
The The throwdowntv contacted Mbalula’s office at the Ministry of Transport on Saturday for clarification on the tweet and had not yet received a response.
At the time of writing, these were the latest updates on the Russia-Ukraine conflict according to: AFP†
Mariupol ‘shot at’ despite ceasefire: Officials in the besieged southeastern city of Mariupol accuse Russia of violating a ceasefire called to release civilians trapped for days without power and water.
In light of “ongoing shelling,” the evacuation has been “postponed,” officials say.
The Russian defense ministry has accused Ukrainian troops in Mariupol and the nearby city of Volnovakha, where a ceasefire has also been declared, of blocking the country’s residents.
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Almost Kyiv: Russian troops are approaching the capital Kiev from the north, but are encountering heavy resistance along the way, including in the city of Chernihiv, where dozens of civilians are killed in shelling, rocket attacks and airstrikes.
Putin warning to NATO: Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will consider itself at war with any country that wants to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday appealed to NATO to impose a no-fly zone, but NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg rejected the call, saying it could lead to wider war in Europe.
Media Outage: A host of international broadcasters, including the BBC, CNN, Italy’s RAI, and Germany’s ARD and ZDF, say they will stop reporting from Russia after it passes a law prohibiting the publication of what it calls “fake news” about its invasion. punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years.
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Curated by Kaunda Selisho