The official website of the Rwandan Intelligence Service called International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu a prostitute.
This occurred after President Cyril Ramaphosa and Rwandan President Paul Kagame had begun a process of normalising relations between the two countries, after they became strained in 2014, resulting in the embassy's closure.
Spokesperson to Minister Sisulu, Ndibhuwo Mabaya says the minister was involved in this process.
While we were busy with that, we noted not only the website but most importantly the tone of tweets by deputy foreign minister of Rwanda and the coverage that emanated from that.— Ndibhuwo Mabaya, spokesperson to Minister Sisulu
This started with tweets from the foreign minister.— Ndibhuwo Mabaya, spokesperson to Minister Sisulu
He says other websites and online publications published the tweet which gave it traction.
We are saying that these tweets from the foreign minister are uncalled for and we don't deserve to be called names. That must stop because we are being distracted from the main task of normalising the relationship.— Ndibhuwo Mabaya, spokesperson to Minister Sisulu
EWN Africa correspondent JJ Cornish gives a background as to how South Africa and Rwanda strained relationship came to light.
To hear the rest of the conversation on Rwanda and South Africa, listen below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : We don't deserve to be called names - Sisulu's spokesperson