Zambia works to bolster ties with SA

Zambia’s High Commissioner to SA Muyeba Chikonde says Zambia is a second home to South Africans.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Zambia has assured South Africa the countries will continue to have close ties following reports of insulting anti-South African remarks by Zambia's Vice President Guy Scott.

Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa Muyeba Chikonde was summoned to the International Relations and Cooperation Department to explain Scott's remarks.

Chikonde saw the Deputy Director General for Africa Ebrahim Salei and told him that Scott was on holiday and could not be asked if the reported remark that South Africans are backward, arrogant troublemakers was true.

Chikonde assured the public that even if they were true, they did not reflect Lusaka's view of South Africa.

He said the countries' presidents remained close.

"Zambia is a second home for South Africans". Chikonde said.

When he returns from holiday, Scott will be asked if the reports were accurate.