SA wants to move on, Malawi angry

2013-10-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Cabinet seems to consider President Jacob Zuma’s faux pas on Malawi as water under the bridge.

This despite Malawi’s expectations that South Africa will still make an official statement to explain why the president said South Africans will have to get used to paying for Gauteng’s e-tolls because “this is Johannesburg. This is not a highway in Malawi”.

After several calls from angry Malawians, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj earlier this week had to apologise on behalf of Zuma in a radio interview.

Minister in the presidency Collins Chabane said after yesterday’s cabinet meeting the cabinet had not discussed the incident, adding because Maharaj had already apologised, the case was considered dealt with.

However, South Africa’s high commissioner in Malawi, Cassandra Mbuyane-Makone, was on Wednesday summoned to Lilongwe to explain Zuma’s faux pas.

Spokesperson for Malawi’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Quent Kalichero confirmed to Sapa that Mbuyane-Makone had been summoned to the nation’s capital.

In an interview with Radio Zodiak yesterday, permanent secretary George Mkondiwa said Malawi was now waiting on an official explanation from South Africa.

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