The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has been unsuccessfully trying to reach Zindzi Mandela following her controversial comments on the land issue. Political experts are perplexed by the intention behind the South African Ambassador to Denmark's actions.
Following a series of controversial social media posts addressing 'apartheid apologists', Zindzi Mandela has seemingly done a disappearing act.
The Citizen reports that the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has been unable to reach Mandela since her comments first appeared.
The department says that they could only deal with the matter once they had made contact with the youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Spokesperson for the department, Clayson Monyela, says it is important to note that the account in question was not verified, with a chance that a hacker had been behind the post:
“We have been trying to get a hold of her but her phone is off."
Monyela commented that the department would only take action in accordance with social media policies, once they finally get hold of Mandela and investigate the matter.
Political analyst, Professor André Duvenage, says that the comments from an ambassador - and spokesperson of the state - were not only out of line, but contradicted government policy:
“I think she was out of line and strong action needs to be taken against her in terms of what she said [in the tweets] because the comments were racist and had no regard for reconciliation."
Despite this, Duvenage feels that Mandela holds a soft spot in the hearts of South Africa's politicians and is unlikely to face any backlash from the state.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Mandela had caused a stir for addressing “trembling white cowards” and “thieving rapist descendants of Van Riebeck [sic]”, as well as, wondering how the “world of shivering land thieves” was doing.
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