Lilongwe — Government of the Republic of South Africa (RSA), through its High Commissioner to Malawi, Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokene, has said remarks by their President Jacob Zuma were reported out of context.
According to a Press Release by Malawi's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, the RSA High Commissioner was apparently invited to meet Malawi's Foreign Affairs Minister, Ephraim Mganda Chiume, for clarification on the remarks.
"Following the remarks reportedly made by Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, on Malawi at ANC Manifesto Forum, on 22 October, 2013, the Ministry invited Cassandra Mbuyane-Mokene High Commissioner of South Africa to Malawi to get clarification and official version of the remarks," states part of the statement.
It further reads that the High Commissioner clarified that President Zuma and the people of South Africa hold Malawi and her people in high regard and that the remarks were reported out of context.
"According to the Government of the Republic of South Africa, the remarks are in no way a reflection of the people of South Africa's perception of the continent and its people," further states the release.
President Zuma, in his speech, reportedly implied that roads in Johannesburg, a city in South Africa, cannot be constructed like those national roads in Malawi.