ANC: Msimanga's actions undermine Constitution

The ANC says that Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has transgressed foreign policy with respect to diplomatic ties with China.

FILE: Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says that Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga's trip to Taiwan has shown that the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s claims that they respect the Constitution are not valid.

This is after Msimanga left for Taipei a week ago regardless of instructions from the Department of International Relations not to honour the invitation.

According to the ANC, Msimanga has contravened international relations policies.

The ANC says that Solly Msimanga has transgressed foreign policy with respect to diplomatic ties with China. According to the "One China" policy, people seeking diplomatic ties with mainland China cannot have relations with Taiwan.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said: "This flies in the face of an organisation that always prides itself on being the champion of democracy and the Constitution. Clearly his action undermines the Constitution."

There was already backlash when Msimanga left for China, however he still chose to honour Taiwanese Mayor Ko Wen-je's invitation, saying that it was in the best interests of the country to explore any and all investment potential.

(Edited by Zunaid Ismael)