I like Nelson Mandela, but South Africa is a mess…

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Trump is campaigning in Texas, days ahead of the Super Tuesday primary.


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President Jacob Zuma has congratulated US president-elect Donald Trump, the Department of International Relations said.
“President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Donald Trump for winning the presidential elections that were held in the United States on 08 November 2016,” Dirco said in a statement.
“President Zuma conveyed his best wishes to the president-elect and looked forward to working with President-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exists between the two countries.
“He underlined that South Africa further looked forward to working closely with the new Administration in the United States in promoting peace, security and prosperity around the world, especially on the African continent.”
Trump previously took to Twitter to express his sentiments about South Africa, saying when former president Nelson Mandela died: “I really like Nelson Mandela but South Africa is a crime ridden mess that is just waiting to explode – not a good situation for the people!”
Trump won the US presidential election early this morning in a stunning victory that sent shockwaves around the world.
The Republican took the key swing states of Florida, North Carolina and Ohio early this morning, as he marched towards the White House.
Mr Trump pledged that he would be “president for all Americans” in his New York victory speech.
He said he was “reaching out” to the people who had not supported him to “unify the country”.
Here are five things that Trump said about South Africa during the campaign trail
1. It’s messy
“I really like Nelson Mandela but South Africa is a crime-ridden mess that is just waiting to explode-not a good situation for the people!”
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2. He had a ‘wonderful relationship’ with Madiba
“Nelson Mandela and myself had a wonderful relationship—he was a special man and will be missed.”
When Nelson Mandela died, Trump posted a photograph on Instagram, saying he knew Mandela personally. Although Trump seemed fond of Madiba, it’s not clear whether the feeling was reciprocated.
3. SA is still messy
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“As I have long been saying, South Africa is a total – and very dangerous – mess. Just watch the evening news (when not talking weather).”
Trump got in hot water when he made comments about how dangerous South Africa is on Twitter. He made the remarks at a time when South Africa made international headlines as a result of horrific xenophobic attacks in the country, but some felt Trump should stick to his own lane.
4. The case of a “total moron”
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The judge in the Oscar Pistorious case is a total moron. She said he didn’t act like a killer. This is another O.J. disaster!
Trump called Judge Masipa out on the way she handled the casae against Oscar Pistorius after the athlete was found guilty of culpable homicide for the death of Reeva Steenkamp, a model and his girlfriend at the time.
5. That time he nearly forgot the whole continent in his foreign policy
In April 2016, Trump made his first speech where he outlined his plans for foreign policy. One continent, with 54 countries, didn’t make the cut into his speech, however.


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