Pretoria – The South African government says it has taken note of the negative remarks on South Africa attributed to Guy Scott, the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said it would take the matter up “through the appropriate diplomatic channels”.
Zambia and South Africa normally enjoy cordial relations.
“Accordingly, we shall be summoning the High Commissioner of Zambia to South Africa to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to seek an explanation behind the remarks and what it means in the context of our bilateral relations,” said Dirco.
Scott is alleged to have said, among other things, that South Africans are “backward in terms of historical development”.
Scott is quoted by the British newspaper, The Guardian, as saying that South Africans are trouble makers and he hates them. “The South Africans are very backward in terms of historical development… I hate South Africans… they really think they’re the bees’ knees and actually they’ve been the cause of so much trouble in this part of the world,” says Scott.
– SAnews.gov.za and seniorjournalism.com