Patrice Motsepe apologizes for his Davos dinner gaffe about Trump

SA business tycoon Patrice Motsepe


South African tycoon Patrice Motsepe has apologized for his gaffe at the World Economic Forum dinner in Davos, Switzerland, when he told US President Donald Trump that Africa loved him.  

Motsepe said he was aware of the emotional debates in the global media and on social media relating to his ill-conceived remarks to Trump.

“The debate also exposed me to the views of Africans who disagreed with my remarks. I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologise. I do not have the right to speak on behalf of anybody except myself,” said Motsepe.

Motsepe’s apology comes a few days after telling Trump it was an honour to meet with him as they were both listed in a 2017 Forbes magazine’s profile of the Greatest Living Business Minds.

“Africa loves America, Africa loves you and it’s very important for America to do well,” Motsepe flattered Trump.

“As a global philanthropist and business leader, I have for many decades, in South Africa and on the African continent, worked to bring together and unite people of different races, ethnic groups and members of different religious and faith based organisations. I’ve worked with political, business, societal and other leaders whose views and policies I do not share and will continue to do so in Africa and globally,” he said on the statement.

Twitter has reacted scornfully to Motsepe’s apology, with ANC veteran Carl Niehaus saying his ‘rambling statement by #PatriceMotsepe is the most reluctant of apologies.”

He added: “It is in the interest of South Africa and the rest of the African continent to build mutually beneficial socio-political, trade, investment and cultural ties between the economies and people of Africa and America and Africa and the world,”



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