President Jacob Zuma has reacted to Mayor Msimanga’s visit to Taiwan vowing that the foreign policy matter will be addressed.
In a media statement, the Presidency noted the ongoing debate on Msimanga’s visit to Taiwan.
With that, it pointed out Zuma chairs and convenes the President’s Coordinating Council, a statutory forum in which the President of the Republic meets the leadership of provincial and local government.
“The forum is used to discuss matters affecting the three spheres of government, to share ideas and coordinate government programmes for the benefit of citizens. It is also used to promote sound cooperative governance.
“The Council meets quarterly and has not met since the local government elections. It will at the right time, discuss matters relating to foreign policy coordination as part of its agenda in order to ensure synergy within the three spheres,” read the statement.
Afterwards, it affirmed that “the Presidency and government as a whole remain committed to sound relations and cooperation between the three spheres of government at all times, and to continuously promote coordination and communication.”
Already, Zuma’s party condemned the mayor’s visit to Taiwan expressing that DA wants to run a parallel government with its own foreign policy to the detriment of existing government policy, the country’s international image and her national security.
Thus, ANC charged the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) to urgently:
- Issue a strong demarche to the Taipei Liaison Office in Tshwane to protest the extreme disrespect for SA foreign policy implicit in Councillor Msimanga’s invitation to Taipei;
- Remind all government departments and parastatals of SA foreign policy and the centrality of the Presidency and DIRCO;
- And, Confiscate all official and diplomatic passports from officials who are found to be willfully undermining SA foreign policy.