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Malawian diplomats declared persona non grata. 'We are not condoning this'

16 June 2021 10:37 AM
Tags:
Alcohol
Malawi
Diplomats
Sheperd Bushiri
Information Minister Gospel Kazako

Information Minister Gospel Kazako says there are 19-million law-abiding Malawians and you cannot judge them on what the 10 diplomats have done after South Africa gave them three days to leave for allegedly abusing their diplomatic privileges.

South Africa expelled several Malawian diplomats and gave them three days to leave for allegedly abusing their diplomatic privileges.

According to South Africa’s Ministry of International Relations, the expulsion followed an investigation that revealed the diplomats had been buying duty-free alcohol with cash and then reselling it to retailers.

It has not yet been determined how long the operations, which reportedly involved diplomats from other countries, had been going on. The ministry said a similar action will be taken against those missions if they are found guilty.

READ: Dirco to introduce quotas as Sars busts diplomats for selling illicit alcohol

The South African Revenue Service estimated that the scandal had resulted in the loss of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes every month.

Malawi Information Minister Gospel Kazako sheds light on this.

Malawi has 19-million people and they cannot be described because of what 10 people did. It is something that has happened and we are not happy about it. We are not condoning it.

Gospel Kazako, Malawi Information Minister

There are 19-million law-abiding Malawians and you cannot judge us on what the 10 diplomats have done.

Gospel Kazako, Malawi Information Minister

Listen below for the full interview...




16 June 2021 10:37 AM
Tags:
Alcohol
Malawi
Diplomats
Sheperd Bushiri
Information Minister Gospel Kazako

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