HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Zambian Vice President Guy Scott has sparked a diplomatic storm with regional ally South Africa after calling South Africans backward.
The South African government has summoned Zambia’s ambassador after Scott was reported by UK paper, The Guardian, saying that South Africa were the cause of Africa’s troubles.
“The South Africans are very backward in terms of historical development,” he said.
“I hate South Africans. That’s not a fair thing to say because I like a lot of South Africans but 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.
“I have a suspicion the blacks model themselves on the whites now that they’re in power. ‘Don’t you know who we are, man?'”
Likening South African President Jacob Zuma to last apartheid president of the country F.W De Klerk, Guy Scott accused Zuma of having an “exaggerated sense of South Africa’s standing in the world”
“He is 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 also revealed that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe had said a few months ago that he wanted to hand over power.
“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'”, said Scott.