Highly disappointed by Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga’s recent visit to Taiwan, the ANC has called for the confiscation of all official and diplomatic passports from “officials who are found to be willfully undermining SA’s foreign policy.”
The ANC, in a statement, roundly condemned the unfazed mayor for disrespecting the country’s constitution by embarking on the trip, which the party said contradicted the policy which recognized Beijing as the sole legitimate government of the People’s Republic of China.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said Msimanga’s conduct, which also went against advice from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco), apparently speaks volume about how disrespectful the Democratic Alliance is.
He, therefore, called for severe punishment for the likes of Msimanga, who deliberately undermine and put the country’s foreign policy in danger.
An embittered Kodwa also said:
“As an important reflection of the DA’s image of the world, Councillor Msimanga finds it perfectly natural and obligatory to resuscitate relations with one of the National Party’s staunchest friends, Taiwan. Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are!”
He also requested Dirco to let the Taipei Liaison Office in Tshwane to taste the wrath of country in order to “protest the extreme disrespect for SA’s foreign policy implicit in Councillor Msimanga’s invitation to Taipei”.
Msimanga’s visit to Taiwan’s capital Taipei has continued to draw heavy criticism from opposition groups and rivals outside the Democratic Alliance (DA) rank.
The trip, as gathered, is being criticized because it reportedly breached SA’s foreign policy with China and also because Msimanga embarked on the trip against the government’s advice.
Reports had it that the visit, sponsored by Taiwan, was organized by Taiwanese city’s mayor Ko Wen-je to explore possibilities for trade relations between the two cities.
Clayson Monyela earlier protested that by going on the trip to that city, DA mayor Msimanga acted against South Africa’s upholding of the One China policy.
Meanwhile, the DA has slammed the ruling party for attacking Msimanga over the visit. DA MP Stevens Mokgalapa said the ANC’s “petty, hypocritical attack” on the mayor showed “yet again just how little it values job-creating investment in South Africa.”
He praised the mayor for making such feat and also praised him for doing the right thing. Mokgalapa maintained that the visit is what South Africa needs to create jobs and fight poverty.