'Zindzi's comments were racist and have nothing to do with the Mandela name'

ANC veteran Mavuso Msimang says South African ambassador to Denmark Zindzi Mandela's public pronouncements should reflect government policies and should not be in conflict with them.

This follows social media comments made by Mandela on 14 June 2019 which supported her take on South Africa's emotive land-ownership debate.

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Ambassador Zindzi Mandela was posted to Copenhagen to carry out diplomatic work as a representative of the people of South Africa. She is the first point of contact between the government of South Africa and the government of Denmark.

Mavuso Msimang, Veteran - ANC

As such, she is governed by a code of conduct that clearly precludes the kind of behaviour we are currently discussing. She ought to reserve her personal opinions to herself and she is entitled to them but what happened here is unacceptable behaviour.

Mavuso Msimang, Veteran - ANC

Msimang says Mandela should be held accountable for her conduct. He says people act however they see fit because they know there is no punishment.

But if people were getting punished for their bad behaviour, it will in a way deter others from doing the same because they will be knowing the kind of punishment that awaits them.

Punishment and accountability mean you penalise the person for the wrongdoing but, more importantly, deters others from doing the same in future.

Mavuso Msimang, Veteran - ANC

The reality is that what she said was racist and it was distractive. It was against every shred of social cohesion which we need regardless of what people say. This nation will not go forward as long as all the people who belong here don't find a way of working together.

Mavuso Msimang, Veteran - ANC

It was racist and this has nothing to do with the Mandela name.

Mavuso Msimang, Veteran - ANC

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