News24 reports that, commenting on DA leader John Steenhuisen’s fact-finding mission to war-torn Ukraine, political economy analyst and director of Political Futures Consulting in Cape Town, Daniel Silke, said the DA was hoping to use the visit as a way to position itself as an alternative to the current government but that he didn’t think Steenhuisen’s visit would have any effect on the DA. Political analyst Ralph Mathekga added that, in principle, as the official opposition, it is fair for the DA to say it has a view on the Ukraine-Russia war. However, he pointed out: “Maybe it would’ve been better had DA shown interest in foreign affairs on the continent before. He also said that he didn’t believe the visit would have any impact on the DA’s support because South Africans see the war as something that is happening “very far” away.
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