Motsepe apologises for 'Africa loves Trump' remark, social media divided (again)
Patrice Motsepe's sparked a fresh twitter storm after apologising for unilaterally declaring Africa's love for US President Donald Trump.
His statement during a dinner with Trump at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, sparked widespread anger on social media.
What is Mr Motsepe saying entlek? 🥺🥺pic.twitter.com/tuWPfpZ511— K G A L E M A N G ® (@ThePlugConnec) January 24, 2020
The mining magnate has taken note of South Africans' and Africans' cry of "who gave you the right", releasing an apology via the Motsepe Foundation.
I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologise. I do not have the right to speak on behalf of anybody except myself.Patrice Motsepe, CEO - African Rainbow Minerals
(Read the full statement here)
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was amongst those who posted a positive response, but not all aggrieved tweeps were as forgiving.
On behalf of myself and all of you twittermantarians in Africa and diaspora i accept motsepe apology ✊👏— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) January 28, 2020
#PatriceMotsepe must buy atleast mielie meal for every household in SA.. surely he can afford they might consider his apology 🤣🤣— o'Bie GooVaDia (@Banaboy25) January 29, 2020
I heard #PatriceMotsepe has apologised hope he learnt a lesson. He must neva do such thing again and buy Trump friendship in our name... he is on yellow card. Mzansi is not about Sbari but principles not self proclaimed spokesperson @ParliamentofRSA— T-Man Shandu (@Tman_Shandu) January 28, 2020
Motsepe said he made the remarks in part to encourage discussions between the Trump administration and African political and business leaders.
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