Zuma: Rwanda & SA tensions not new

Both South Africa and Rwanda recently expelled diplomats from the other country.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says the ongoing diplomatic spat between South Africa and Rwanda is not a bad reflection of the country's foreign policy.

South Africa recently expelled three Rwandan diplomats linked to a raid on an exiled Rwandan general's home.

President Paul Kagame's government retaliated by asking six South African envoys to leave the country.

Kagame's former intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya was murdered at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton and former army chief of staff Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa was attacked.

Zuma says even the most advanced democracies in the world have disagreements and the situation between South Africa and Rwanda is not unique.

"Even the most advanced and oldest democracies fight about diplomats misbehaving in their countries. It doesn't reflect the weakness or strengths of foreign policies."