Fact Check: Did Mbeki really call for Zindzi Mandela's prosecution?

Fact Check: Did Mbeki really call for Zindzi Mandela's prosecution?

Zindzi Mandela made headlines for her comments on the land issue, prompting responses from all walks of life in Mzansi. Briefly.co.za takes a look at the matter to determine if ex-president Thabo Mbeki really did call for the ambassador to be punished.

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Zindzi Mandela recently took to social media to voice her opinions on the hotly-debated land issue, referring to white citizens as 'land thieves' and 'rapist descendants of Van Riebeeck'.

This prompted both criticism and support for the South African ambassador to Norway, with a report claiming that former president Thabo Mbeki had called for prosecution in the matter.

Briefly.co.za takes a look into the matter to find out if Mbeki had really called for punishment, or if it was all just smoke and mirrors.

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The first mention of Mbeki's call to action refers to a Sunday Tribune article, claiming that 'Mbeki wants action to be taken'.

According to Africa Check, the politician spoke to the Sunday Tribune about the controversial comments, but never said she should be 'prosecuted' for them.

A video of the interview confirms this, with Mbeki revealing that he had not read the comments, but that they were inconsistent with President Cyril Ramaphosa's views on the issue:

“There’s no ambassador who represents themselves and if Zindzi Mandela’s tweets are inconsistent with what the president is saying, then that cannot be allowed."

In a nutshell, this claim put forward by later reports is nothing but hot air, seeking to capitalise on the trending issue.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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