We expose slave masters and people smugglers in suburban Britain.
Is there more to life than money?
24 Oct 2013 12:45 GMT | Africa, Malawi, South Africa
Malawi has summoned a South African envoy over President Jacob Zuma's disparaging remarks about the country.Ntombile Mabude, the South African High Commissioner to Malawi, was asked to explain a statement Zuma made last Monday that was widely understood as suggesting that Malawi was backward, when discussing South Africa's road infrastructure.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Quent Kalichero told the AFP news agency on Wednesday that Mabude was "summoned to discuss the issue".The envoy held a meeting with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, George Mkondiwa, in the capital Lilongwe.
We are in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It's not some national road in Malawi
President Jacob Zuma
Kalichero declined to provide details of the meeting.Zuma sparked controversy when he tried to convinced motorists to accept the country's plan to toll highways around Johannesburg.He said "we are in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It's not some national road in Malawi."On Tuesday, Zuma's spokesman Mac Maharaj defended the statement, saying it was reported out of context.He said Zuma was trying to justify the sophisticated road system in the country's economic hub. But according to Africa Check, a non-profit organisation monitoring the accuracy of public figures across the African continent, "Zuma’s remarks were not ‘taken out of context’ or distorted and that he did indeed make remarks about ‘Africans generally’, and Malawi in particular, that were intended to disparage.”
Zuma's comments drew outrage across South Africa, with social media platforms buzzing with ridicule and condemnation for the president's remarks.
But others say that Zuma's sentiment is precisely what South Africans feel about its neighbours.
“Zuma is merely airing an often shy and hidden reality of the perceptions and arrogance that many South Africans share,” Ebrahim Fakir, a political analyst, told South Africa's Daily Maverick.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies
South African President's remark made to ‘decolonise the African mind’, says spokesperson.
The move by President Joyce Banda comes after arrest of officials on suspicion of lining their pockets with state funds.
Politics, Africa, Malawi
Content on this website is for general information purposes only. Your comments
are provided by your own free will and you take sole responsibility for any direct
or indirect liability. You hereby provide us with an irrevocable, unlimited, and
global license for no consideration to use, reuse, delete or publish comments, in
accordance with Community Rules & Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
Some say they extort money, but franeleros insist they are just trying to make a living in Mexico's informal economy.
Will a plastic bag levy be enough to fix Indonesia's rubbish problem?
For ethnic Hausa, the traditional form of boxing known as dambe is more than a sport - it is part of their identity.
Rape is Malawi's most reported crime. Ujamaa initiative is helping schoolkids defend themselves against perpetrators.
Malawi, Africa, Women
Sources in city say three clinics in rebel-held areas of Aleppo have been destroyed in bombardment.
Syria's Civil War, Middle East, War & Conflict
UN humanitarian chief laments situation in Syria, where people are facing "appalling" desolation, hunger and starvation.
War & Conflict, Humanitarian crises, Middle East, Europe, Syria's Civil War
A Pakistani cotton farmer travels to Dubai to make his fortune but soon discovers he wants more from life than money.
Pakistan, Immigration, Dubai
The South African opposition leader says the EFF would fight if the ANC responded violently to peaceful protests.
Julius Malema, South Africa, ANC
As the Doha oil summit fails to reach a deal to freeze production, we examine the state of the global oil industry.
Business & Economy, Oil Price, Saudi Arabia
We explore how the work of medieval chemists has impacted the evolution of modern chemistry.
Science & Technology, Middle East, Islam