'Naked' consul general recalled to SA

2013-03-12 09:50
Lassy Chiwayo (File)

Lassy Chiwayo (File)

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Pretoria - South Africa's consul general in Shanghai, China, has been recalled after reports that he walked along the streets of Shanghai in the nude.

According to an official statement, Lassy Chiwayo was back in South Africa for health reasons, reported Beeld.

“I don’t know about the nude walking around and other allegations but I can say that South Africa’s consul-general in Shanghai is back in the country due to health-related matters. He is currently getting treatment,’ said Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the department of international relations and co-operation.

Chiwayo had been back in SA for some time.

Sunday World reported that Chiwayo was recalled because he embarrassed South Africa.

He allegedly walked around the streets next to his official residence in Shanghai naked about three months ago, and is also alleged to have assaulted SA's ambassador to China, Bheki Langa, at a function in Beijing.

However, Chiwayo dismissed these claims, telling Sunday World that the reports were news to him.

A source said the former mayor of Mbombela was under huge stress due to death threats that he had apparently received for revealing corruption in Mpumalanga before his China posting.

His house in Mpumalanga was mysteriously burnt down last month.

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