President Jacob Zuma made highly problematic comments about Malawi which can be considered a massive diplomatic faux pas.
While addressing a crowd at the University of Witwatersrand on the issue of e-tolling in Gauteng, he said: “We can’t think like Africans in Africa. It’s not some national road in Malawi.”
These comments are unacceptable, an insult to South Africans and to the people of Malawi, and should be retracted with an apology.
President Zuma needs to tread carefully with his off-the-cuff careless remarks which have now culminated in this highly embarrassing incident.
Lambasting people for ‘thinking like Africans’ is an affront to every citizen on this continent, including all South Africans.
It is now time for President Zuma to recognise that what he said was unacceptable, to stop the ineffective spin, and do what is expected of him: retract and apologise without delay.