- President Cyril Ramaphosa has told citizens not to stress over the presence of Russian bomber jets in South Africa
- The politician says that the two nuclear-capable jets were unarmed and served as no threat
- Citizens had responded to the foreign jets landing in Waterkloof with concern
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged Mzansi not to let two nuclear-capable Russian jets alarm them.
The SABC reports that the politician had been responding to public outcry over the foreign jets landing at the Waterkloof Airforce Base earlier this week.
Known as the Black Jack Russian long-range bomber jets, the machines are currently unarmed and form part of a Russian Aerospace Forces fleet in South Africa for military exercises.
Briefly.co.za reported that Ramaphosa had been teased for falling asleep during a meeting in Russia where he is attending an African Heads of State Summit.
Speaking during the summit in Sochi, Ramaphosa indicated that Russia and South Africa have a long history of military-level dealings, exchanging a 'number of activities'.
Commenting on the outcry, Ramaphosa said citizens should never look at the negative side:
“Russia and SA have long had dealings at a military level, we do exchange a number of activities. They are huge planes and the good thing is that as much as they are huge bombers, nuclear bombers, they are not armed.
"We should never worry because our air force people went in and looked at these planes and the technology they have and carry and it’s something that is good. We should never look at the negative side of it."
Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!