Zambia VP comments rile South Africa

Posted on May 3 2013 - 1:39am by admin

South Africa has demanded an explanation from Zambia on remarks its vice-president Guy Scott reportedly made about President Jacob Zuma and others.

Zambia's Vice President Guy Scot (L) congratulates Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on signing Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa treaties (COMESA) during the 15th COMESA Summit in Lilongwe on October 14, 2011.

Zambia’s Vice President Guy Scot (L) congratulates Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on signing Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa treaties (COMESA) during the 15th COMESA Summit in Lilongwe on October 14, 2011.

“We shall be summoning the high commissioner of Zambia… to seek an explanation behind the remarks and what it means in the context of our bilateral relations,” international relations spokesman Clayson Monyela said on Thursday.

“South Africa has taken note of the negative remarks about South Africa… In view of this development, the SA government has decided to take the matter up through the appropriate diplomatic channels.”

The report that irked South African officials was written by The Guardian’s correspondent in Lusaka. It initially appeared on the publication’s UK website on Wednesday. Scott told the newspaper Zuma was like former apartheid leader FW de Klerk, and that South Africans were “backward”.

Said Scott: “He’s (Zuma) very like De Klerk. He tells us: ‘you just leave Zimbabwe to me.’ Excuse me, who the hell liberated you anyway, was it not us? I mean, I quite like him, he seems a rather genial character but I pity him his advisers.”

Scott said it appeared President Robert Mugabe wants to leave power after 33 years at the helm.

“I think if you asked him he’d say it was enough. That’s what he said to us a few months ago. I said the way forward in African democracy is the way we do it in Zambia. He said, ‘I absolutely agree, I wish it would happen to me.'”

Asked if that meant losing an election, Scott replied: “Yes, and a smooth handover. I think he meant it, or he was toying with the idea of meaning it. He wanted to hear how it sounded, maybe. Or something. “He’s a funny chap. He seems to doze off and then he suddenly laughs at a joke while in the middle of dozing.

“And very articulate, without a note, without a scrap of anything. He’s an Anglophone. He loves to give lectures on the English language, English weighing systems, English this or that. He was a teacher and so he taught himself all that.”

Scott went on to speak about South Africans, and black citizens.

“The South Africans are very backward in terms of historical development… I hate South Africans… they really think they’re the bees’ knees and actually they’ve been the cause of so much trouble in this part of the world,” Scott told the newspaper.

“I have a suspicion the blacks model themselves on the whites now that they’re in power.”

He said he disliked South Africa because it was too big and “unsubtle”. Sapa

  • http://www.facebook.com/dudzaijames Dudzai James Dzobo

    It appears that Zambia is being led by two moronic leaders in the President and his Deputy!

  • Gary

    Hey, a man of your caliber should not be making such comment at this level of your political carrier, it shows how barbaric you are and this has also proven the damage our fellow white Africans could cause us and the division they could possibly create in our African politics. If you are sent by the westerners who come to Africa to commit the act of divide and rule, please tell them we Africans are too wise for that now okay? Africans its time to be wise and reject men like Zambian vice president.

    • BLACK AMERICA

      Your not only mentally ill, YOU AN IDIOT. T

  • Gary

    If South African as a country has offended you, then why not take it to the right diplomatic channel to lodge your complain? why do you have to behave like an uneducated village boy? Why? your voice should have been heard and your complain should have been better treated as a vice president of a nation.
    You attitude has proven that you are talking out of anger, jealousy,ignorant and immaturity. You disappointed me, your Zambian’s, Africans, and the world at large.
    Men like you should not be occupying such a top post of a nation. And you may never will any elections again because of that act. You cant deceive my mind. Am not saying that South Africa is far from your accusations but you should have been more civil and cleaver. What will you say to your son if he reacts in such illiterate act? You are too big and grown for your attitude.

  • Bob

    Mr Guy is a white presidential material in a wrong place at the wrong time. He cannot hate all South African nationals like he said. its insane to come out of his white mouth. Let him leave Africa to Africans. What is he doing in Africa if all his neighbors are wayward as he says? A visit to Zambia will tell you that its a dirty country with sewage flowing everywhere like confetti. Corruption is at its worst there too. Of the two countries he despises, his Zambia is the worst. Obviously Mugabe knew his crooked mindset no wonder he just agreed to his whims to make him happy.

    • Dube

      …Sewage flowing everywhere like confetti…..That is not true. I am in Lusaka and there’s no such thing. You seem to suffer from the same affliction as Guy Scott.

      • EDWARD

        South Africa will be just like the DRC in less than 40 yrs.

  • ranaga

    We thought we had heard enough from his boss, and now this from the deputy .. I suppose we are in for more from the others

  • Muchati Bwege

    Manje waparira MaZambians that are in S.A for business, Bvunza vanhu veku DRC kuti vakagadzirirwa size yakaita sei pavakatanga kuwawata. There seems to be a problem with the Zambian heads of state. There is a channel for everything, this could seriously affect Zambians. I pray to God that this issue better be resolved ammicably as a matter of urgency.

  • ndumiso

    For sure South African are backward, Uneducated very(corrupt).A country without rootsThey have supported Robert Mugabe while people are starving,no medication. The Vice President of Zambia is very correct, check if they are travelling into the continent they say we are going to Africa were is their country South Africais it out of Africa? Tell me.