Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis is moving to block a sanctioned R9bn superyacht – owned by Russian businessman Alexey Mordashov – from docking in the Mother City.

The Nord, a 142-metre-long superyacht –last week departed for SA from Hong Kong, expected to arrive in Cape Town on 9 November 2022.

Business Tech reports that Hill-Lewis said that he has written to the Minister of International Relations & Co-operation, Naledi Pandor, requesting her intervention to block the entry of the vessel and requesting that Mordashov not be allowed to enter the country.

‘To the best of our knowledge, Mr Mordashov is aboard the vessel and intends to enter SA. If this happens, Mr Mordashov – and his luxury yacht – will be considered to be guests of the South African state,’ Hill-Lewis said. 

He warned that it would pose a moral crisis for the country and damage its reputation.

‘The international community has recognised Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its annexation of four areas of Ukrainian territory by force as illegal,’ he added.

Mordashov is the main shareholder and chairman of Severstal, Russia’s biggest steel company.

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