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Woman says family struggles to come to South Africa from Ukraine due to visa issues

Several European countries, as well as the Irish and Brazilian governments, have scrapped visa requirements for those fleeing Ukraine.

FILE: The South African Embassy in Ukraine is in the midst of the conflict in Kiev and has therefore not been operational since the start of the war. Photo: Wojtek RADWANSKI/AFP

CAPE TOWN – The South African government has failed to show support for Ukrainians seeking refuge in the war-torn country.

Several European countries, as well as the Irish and Brazilian governments, have scrapped visa requirements for those fleeing Ukraine.

However, South Africa has not followed suit, nor has it joined world leaders in explicitly condemning Russia’s actions.

Dr Natalia Novikova, a Ukrainian who has lived and worked in South Africa for 10 years, is desperately trying to relocate her family, only to be told she must overcome impossible hurdles to enter South Africa.

“As our families escape bombs and gunfire, some of us, including me, would like to bring our family members to South Africa, at least temporarily, until the situation stabilizes. Thus, South African embassies in other countries informed Ukrainian citizens that they should travel to Ukraine to apply for these visas.

The Ukrainian embassy is in the midst of a conflict in Kiev and has therefore not been operational since the start of the war.

Novikova fears the worst for her family if she cannot get to safety.

“My cousins’ passports are inside the embassy, ​​they applied for visas before the war started. My mother is in Switzerland, we tried to get her to come but it’s also impossible because her obligation was in Ukraine. It is very sad to see South Africa supporting the side invading another country of 44 million people and the largest country in Europe.”



Woman says family struggles to come to South Africa from Ukraine due to visa issues

Source link Woman says family struggles to come to South Africa from Ukraine due to visa issues

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