Monica Mutsvangwa Responds To Naledi Pandor ‘Dissing’ Zimbabwe

Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa has responded to reports that a South African Minister dissed Zimbabwe.

A Zimbabwean daily publication reported that South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor dissed Zimbabwe.

Pandor allegedly dissed Zimbabwe after meeting with the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Frederick Shava.

Minister Pandor and her Zimbabwean counterpart Frederick Shava met to discuss the expiry of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEP) among other things.

Addressing the media after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Minister Monica Mutsvangwa addressed the comments attributed to Naledi Pandor.

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She dismissed the comments as fabrications meant to tarnish Pandor’s pristine image. Mutsvangwa assured Zimbabweans that the country enjoys cordial relations with South Africa.

Monica Mutsvangwa urged journalists to be professional when reporting. She said:

“There is an alleged negative comments by the South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister in our local papers. Cabinet noted with concern unfounded reports by a local daily publication attributing some comments to the Minister of International Relations in South Africa Honourable Naledi Pandor.

“Government, wishes to assure the nation that Zimbabwe enjoys excellent fraternal relations with South Africa. The statements attributed to the honourable minister are a clear fabrication.

“Let me reiterate the need for the journalistic profession to stick to the dictates of ethical reportage as we build our country towards attaining vision 2030.

“May I also add that Honourable Naledi Pandor is a great Pan-Africanist and seasoned diplomat who has and continues to demonstrate respect for the sovereign decisions of other nations.

Naledi Pandor was quoted by a Zimbabwean daily publication saying that it is difficult to assist Zimbabwe as its citizens continue to pay the price for its decades-long political and economic challenges and a lack of unity of purpose among politicians.

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