Earlier in the day, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain declared their intention to recognize the head of opposition-controlled National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, as the country’s interim president if Caracas does not announce new elections within eight days.
"They must rethink it. I don’t know what it [the ultimatum] was based on," Matjila said. "They didn’t explain what was it based on."
Earlier on Saturday, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told the UN Security Council that all efforts should be made to launch an intra-Venezuelan dialogue and that Russia was ready to contribute to such an effort.
"We support it 120 percent because that’s the only way you can have lasting peace when Venezuelans talk among themselves when Venezuelans discuss their own history, their future," Matjila said.
The South African ambassador noted that majority countries view such an approach as ensuring lasting peace in Venezuela.
"You know, we have 37 countries speaking and over 20 of them say they support it," Matjila said.
South African Ambassador also said that South Africa is prepared to contribute to facilitating an intra-Venezuelan dialogue if asked to do so.
"If we are asked we’ll do that…. If they really want us to assist, we can do so," Matjila said.
The South African ambassador issued the comments after the UN Security Council meet to discuss the current situation in Venezuela.
On Tuesday, the situation in Venezuela escalated when the opposition-controlled National Assembly declared that President Nicolas Maduro had usurped power. Opposition leader Jose Guaido proclaimed himself an interim president the following day. The United States, along with its allies and some Latin American countries, recognized Guaidoas the interim president of Venezuela.
Russia, China, Mexico, Uruguay and other countries have expressed support for the Maduro government as being the legitimate authority in Venezuela.