- Naledi Pandor says she has communicated with Zindzi Mandela
- The minister says she told Mandela to behave in a way consistent with her role as a diplomat
- This comes after Mandela's controversial tweets about the land
Minister of International Relations & Cooperation Naledi Pandor has warned Zindzi Mandela about her conduct on social media following Mandela's controversial comments about "land thieves" and "white cowards".
Pandor says she has contacted Mandela about her remarks.
Mandela falls under the umbrella of Pandor's department, as she is the ambassador to Denmark.
In an interview, Pandor said she communicated with Mandela and that Mandela had confirmed that she had written the tweets in question. According to The South African, Mandela explained to Pandor that she had been provoked before posting the comments.
Pandor says that she told Mandela that she expected her to behave in a way befitting her position as a diplomat, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
Additionally, Pandor said that if a government representatives decides to air their personal views, they "then cross the border".
The minister says that she and Mandela agreed that Mandela should limit her public comments to matters of government policy.
Mandela's comments caused a significant stir on social media, where they drew both support and condemnation.
AfriForum, for exampled, called for Mandela to lose her post as a result of the tweets,. Others, like EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, rallied to Mandela's defence.
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