About 80% of the citizens of the Republic of South Africa (SAR) support the desire of the residents of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to unite with Russia. This was stated on Sunday, September 25, the chairman of the regional branch of the ANC Youth League – the ruling party of South Africa – Venus Lorato Blennis, who is watching the referendum.
“About 80% of the South Africans support the residents of Donbass, Kherson, Zaporozhye region in their desire to unite with Russia. My country as a whole is committed to freedom of expression, the ability to take part in what people want to participate in. Therefore, public opinion is to give the people the right to vote in choosing what they want to receive, ”she said in an interview with TASS.
The speaker of the city council of the South African Matlosana, Stella Leboang Mondlein, who came as an observer for the referendums, agreed with the same.
“We believe that in the struggle for freedom it is impossible to stand aside, it is necessary to really fight. This is what happened in the history of South Africa,” she said.
According to Mondlane, the majority of South Africans support Russia and believe that it is necessary “to protect our citizens and fight for freedom.”
Earlier that day, it became known that following the results of three days, the voter turnout in the LPR was 76.09%, in the DPR – 77.12%, in the Zaporozhye region – 51.55%, in the Kherson region – 48.91%.
From 23 to 27 September in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, referendums are being held on the issue of reunification with Russia. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow will support the decision about its future that will be made by the majority of the inhabitants of these regions.
On September 24, the results of a sociological survey conducted by specialists from the Russian research company INSOMAR were made public. According to him, joining Russia is supported by 97% of the residents of the LPR, 94% of the DPR, as well as 84% of the residents of Zaporozhye and 83% of the Kherson region.
On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass. The decision was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.
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