702's Bongani Bingwa spoke to newly appointed International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor about the comments on Zindzi Mandela had made on social media.
Last week Mandela posted a number of tweets regarding the land issue that has caused controversy among some.
One of Mandela's tweet reads: 'Dear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs.' Another read: 'Whilst I wine and dine here ..wondering how the world of shivering land thieves is doing #OurLand.'
She had confirmed the tweets were hers.— Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations & Cooperation
After the ambassador to Denmark tweeted some controversial remarks Pandor says Mandela explained she had been under 'extreme provocation and degradation' regarding comments about her mother.
I informed her that she is a diplomat and I expect diplomatic conduct from her and that she should adhere to the social policy guiding how public servants should utilise social media. We agreed that she must constrain herself.— Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations & Cooperation
Pandor insists, however, Mandela's comments on the land issue were not out of order but says taking issue with people at a personal level on social media is a line that should not be crossed.
Mandela made it clear on Twitter that she did not regard her Pandor's words to her as bullying but rather useful advice.
I don't regard it as bullying at all and have known the Minister for many years as one of the most genuine supporters of my mother when it wasn't popular to be one. In our discussion she was sympathetic and solution-specific. https://t.co/fgWG5n9mh4— Zindzi Mandela (@ZindziMandela) June 20, 2019