Patrice Motsepe has apologised for remarks he made to US President Donald Trump, saying he had a duty to listen to differing views, and did not have the right to speak on behalf of anybody, except himself.
“I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologise.” – Patrice Motsepe apologises for his ‘Africa loves Donald Trump’ comments
“Africa loves America, Africa loves you and it’s very important for America to do well. We want you to do well and the success of America is the success of the world,” he said at the time.
Motsepe made the comment, which went viral, at a dinner in Davos, Switzerland, during the World Economic Forum. The statement angered many Africans.
In 2018, US President Donald Trump was accused of referring to African countries as s***thole countries.
“Why are we having all these people from sh***hole countries come here?” Trump reportedly said during an Oval Office talk with several U.S. senators about protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries.
He later denied having said this.
At the World Economic Forum (WEF) gala dinner in Davos last week, Motsepe told Trump that Africa “loves” him.
I’m aware of the lively, diverse and at times emotional debate in the global media and on social media relating to my remarks to President Donald Trump at the dinner in Davos during the World Economic Forum.
The debate also exposed me to the views of Africans who disagreed with my remarks. I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologise. I do not have the right to speak on behalf of anybody except
As a global philanthropist and business leader, I have for many decades, in South Africa and on the African continent, worked to bring together and unite people of different races, ethnic groups and members of different religious and faith- based organisations. I’ve worked with political, business, societal and other leaders whose views and policies I do not share and will continue to do so in Africa and globally.
My remarks at the dinner with President Donald Trump were partly aimed at encouraging discussions between the Trump Administration and African political and business leaders, particularly in the context of the increasing feedback from certain American political and business leaders that South Africa and some African countries are anti-America and its political leadership.
A video of Patrice Motsepe’s remarks to Trump went viral on social media and sparked outrage from people who disagreed with Motsepe and lambasted him for speaking on Africans’ behalf.
Motsepe’s comments drew criticism even among some South African cabinet ministers, with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni saying the billionaire’s views did not represent those of the government.
Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe is a South African mining businessman and billionaire of Tswana descent. He is the founder and executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals, which has interests in gold, ferrous metals, base metals, and platinum