Via The Hill
Footage of Motsepe’s remarks from the conference sparked controversy for people who disagreed, arguing that the businessman can’t speak on the continent’s behalf, according to The Associated Press.
“Africa loves America. Africa loves you. It is very, very important. We want America to do well. We want you to do well. The success of America is the success of the rest of the world,” Motsepe said to Trump at the World Economic Forum.
Trump congratulated Motsepe, saying, “You’ve done a great job, thank you very much.”
South African Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said that Motsepe’s views are not reflective of the government’s perspective.
KwaZulu-Natal province premier Sihle Zikalala took it further, saying that Trump does not have a relationship with the African National Congress party, according to AP.
Motsepe released a statement on Tuesday saying that the reaction to his comments exposed him to different views, and that his goal was to encourage discussion between the Trump administration and African political leaders.
“I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologize,” Motsepe said in his statement. “I do not have the right to speak on behalf of anybody except myself.”
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