- Patrice Motsepe has broken his silence and apologised for telling Donald Trump that Africa loves him
- South African politicians have responded to the billionaire's statement with mixed reviews
- While Fikile Mbalula has accepted Motsepe's apology, Sihle Zikalala isn't so easily convinced
Billionaire Patrice Motsepe has finally responded to the immense backlash after he declared Africa's love for US President Donald Trump.
Briefly.co.za reported that the Motsepe Foundation released a statement acknowledging the mistake:
"My remarks at the dinner with President Donald Trump were partly aimed at encouraging discussions between the Trump Administration and African political and business leaders, particularly in the context of the increasing feedback from certain American political and business leaders that South Africa and some African countries are anti-America and its political leadership."
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula accepted Motsepe's apology, commenting that:
"On behalf of myself and all of you twittermantarians in Africa and diaspora, I accept Motsepe's apology."
However, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala is not so ready to forgive - the politician slammed the comments recently, telling ANC supporters that:
“We are not friends with imperialists, we are not friends with barbarians. We’ve got nothing to benefit from Donald Trump. It is him who is causing disorder in Iran."
While Motsepe's comments have caused him a fair bit of controversy, many believe the businessman had been attempting to secure relations between South Africa and the United States.
With high unemployment rates, low predictions for economic growth and companies retrenching employees in favour of surviving the slump, investment is key.
Take a look at just a few of the reactions to Mbalula's response below:
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