DA mourns Navalny’s death


On Friday, the DA expressed its deepest condolences to Julia Navalnaya and the family of the murdered Russian campaigner for democracy, Alexei Navalny (47).

RNews reported earlier that Navalny, Russia’s top opposition politician, died on Friday in the Arctic prison colony where he served a term of 19 years.

Emma Louise Powell, DA MP and the party’s spokesperson on international relations and cooperation, says Navalny will be recorded in our history books “for his unyielding bravery in the face of oppression and tyranny”.

“The Kremlin alone bears responsibility for this shocking tragedy. Navalny now joins the ranks of former opposition leader Boris Nemtsov – both killed for their unwavering willingness to defend human rights, democracy and the rule of law.”

She says that as Russia is on a slippery slope to dictatorship that has no rights and freedoms, Navalny will be remembered by many Russian citizens as an icon in the fight against the immature Putin regime.

“That the ANC Secretary General in Moscow was fraternizing with the enemies of freedom at the moment of Navalny’s death should send a resounding message to all South Africans about where our government really stands.

“The DA will continue to strengthen South Africa’s voice on the world stage at the Munich Security Conference, reminding our allies that the ordinary people of this nation stand with those committed to an international order based on rules, democracy, freedom and justice are founded, to preserve law around the world.”