- Naledi Pandor says that Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane has agreed to "constrain herself" following her controversial tweets
- The minister says she told Mandela-Hlongwane to behave in a diplomatic fashion
- She added that it was the personal nature of Mandela-Hlongwane's tweets which was the issue
Zindzi Mandela-Hlongwane has agreed to "constrain herself" and limit her public comments to government policy rather than her personal views.
This is according to Minister of International Affairs Naledi Pandor.
In a new interview, Pandor said that she had reprimanded Mandela-Hlongwane, who is the ambassador to Denmark, for her controversial tweets.
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Mandela-Hlongwane caused a stir online by posting tweets about land reform, in which she referred to "land thieves" and "white cowards".
However, Pandor says that the issue with Mandela-Hlongwane's tweets was not that she spoke about land reform, but rather the personal nature of her tweets.
Pandor stressed that a government representative such as Mandela-Hlongwane should limit her public comments to government policy. As a result, Pandor says that Mandela-Hlongwane's tweets violated the department's social media policy, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
"I informed her that she is a diplomat and I expect diplomatic conduct from her," Pandor said. "And that she should adhere to the social policy guiding how public servants should utilise social media."
Additionally, Pandor confirmed that Mandela-Hlongwane had admitted that she was the one who had written and posted the tweets. Madela-Hlongwane said she posted the controversial remarks after being provoked online, according to The Citizen.
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