The South African government has instructed its High Commissioner in Zambia to seek an explanation from Zambia on why Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane was violebtly deported from Zambia. The SA government wants answers directly from the minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba.
Maimane had gone to Zambia to attend the treason trial of detained opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema.
But ‘upon arrival Zambian Police boarded the aircraft‚ aggressively confronted Maimane‚ and have taken his private cell phone from his possession,” a move that violated international aviation laws.
The south Aftica Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said it was looking into the incident.
“We’ve instructed our high commissioner in Zambia to go and meet with the foreign minister to get an explanation… The high commissioner will compile a report … it will then determine a way forward‚” said Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela.
The SA government has decided to seek answers from minister of foreign affairs Harry Kalaba after observing that Zambia’s high commissioner to South Africa is childish and unreliable.