Johannesburg Jitters: Arrest Putin and Call It War? 😲🌍

TL;DR: πŸš€ South Africa’s president dubs arresting Putin at the upcoming BRICS summit as a “declaration of war.” Court papers spill the beans on the drama, but what’s the real play here? πŸŽ­πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

When we think of summits, we usually envision world leaders coming together, shaking hands, taking those cliche group photos. But imagine the international surprise when South Africa’s numero uno, President Cyril Ramaphosa, turned the table by implying that slapping cuffs on Russia’s main man, Vladimir Putin, at the approaching BRICS summit would be like hitting the “start war” button. πŸ˜³πŸ”΄

Hold up, though. Why is this even a conversation?πŸ€”

Here’s the tea. Putin’s been handed an international “come-to-court” invite (aka a warrant) by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over some not-so-friendly actions during Russia’s Ukraine invasion. Being a member of the ICC club, South Africa would usually be like, “Cool, we got you.” But not this time. πŸ›‘πŸŒ

South Africa’s major opposition squad, the Democratic Alliance, has been pushing for a “We’ll arrest Putin if he shows” pledge. And guess what? Mr. Ramaphosa’s taken to court papers, usually hush-hush stuff, to reply. The verdict? Arresting Putin would basically be South Africa sending a friend request to WAR with Russia. And let’s be real, who wants that in their friend list? πŸ™…β€β™‚οΈπŸ”₯

It’s not just about BRICS and brawls though. 🏒πŸ₯Š South Africa’s been juggling some intense diplomatic balancing acts recently. They’ve kept their voting hands down at the UN when it comes to pointing fingers at Russia’s Ukraine actions. Instead, they’ve been like, “Hey, let’s chat.” And it doesn’t end there. They’ve even been part of an African peace squad trying to broker some calm between Kyiv and Moscow. πŸ•ŠοΈπŸŒ

In Ramaphosa’s own words from the now-public court affidavit, arresting Putin could slap a giant “NO ENTRY” sign on any peaceful solutions to the Ukraine conflict. But here’s the million-dollar question: with South Africa trying to wear the mediator cap, would arresting Putin toss that hat out the window? 🎩πŸŒͺ

For now, we’re all playing the waiting game on whether Putin will even RSVP “Yes” to the BRICS party. So, here’s our provocative, controversial, and edgy question for you:

Considering the stakes, would YOU invite someone to your party if their arrival could potentially rock the boat… or sink it? πŸ›³οΈπŸ€”