Malawi summons SA envoy over Zuma’s disparaging remarks

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The government of Malawi on Wednesday summoned South Africa’s High Commissioner over President Jacob Zuma’s disparaging remarks about the country.

Ntombile Mabude was asked to explain a Zuma statement seen as suggesting that Malawi was backward, when discussing South Africa’s road infrastructure.

On Monday, Zuma sparked controversy when he tried to convince motorists to accept the country’s plan to toll highways around Johannesburg.

He said “we are in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi.”

Foreign Affairs ministry spokesperson Quent Kalichero told AFP that Mabude was “summoned to discuss the issue”.

The envoy held a meeting with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, George Mkondiwa, in the capital Lilongwe. Kalichero declined to provide details of the meeting.

On Tuesday, Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj defended the statement, saying it was reported out of context. He said Zuma was trying to justify the sophisticated road system in the country’s economic hub. During an interview with a local radio, Power FM, Maharaj apologised on Wednesday for the comments, saying he had received numerous angry call from Malawians.

“Let me apologise for that and withdraw it,” he said.

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