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‘US, SA spy training claims will not harm relations’

Gwede Mantashe recently claimed that America was behind apparent efforts to destabilise SA.

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JOHANNESBURG - United States (US) Ambassador to South Africa (SA), Patrick Gaspard, says claims that America is trying to destabilise SA will not undermine the trust between the two nations.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe recently claimed that America was behind the apparent efforts.

At the time, the ambassador poked fun at the claims on social media, tweeting that he had always imagined that a coup he organised would look like a Mardi Gras with music, food and dance.

This morning, while speaking to 702 morning show host John Robbie, Gaspard was asked about the diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

Robbie jokingly asked the US ambassador why his country was taking South African children on programmes to turn them into spies.

Gaspard laughed and said, "That I think was one of my favourite moments in South Africa."

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