Ramaphosa reprimands finance minister over Zambia comments

South Africa`s President Cyril Ramaphosa, has strongly reprimanded his finance minister, Tito Mboweni, following comments he made on social media regarding the removal of Zambia’s former central bank governor Denny Kalyalya by President Edgar Lungu.

In one of his tweets, Mboweni is promising to mobilise if not given reasons why the central governor has been fired by President Lungu.

But according to a statement issued by the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, Ramaphosa has assured the government and people of Zambia that the unfortunate remarks do not reflect the views the government and its people. Ramaphosa said the issue is being addressed to ensure that such an incident does not occur again.

He said the two countries enjoy strong historical relations dating back to the days of the struggle against apartheid, and that South Africa remains committed to maintaining the deep and solid bonds of friendship between its two peoples.

Last week, Zambian minister of information and broadcasting services and chief government spokesperson, Dora Siliya expressed surprise at the attacks made by Mboweni against the country.

In a series of tweets made on social media on Sunday, Mboweni demanded the reinstatement of Kalyalya whose contract was terminated by Lungu.

Siliya stated that the tweets were improper and immature as Zambia had a right to make sovereign decisions.

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