Radebe distances himself from Monyela statement

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Justice Minister Jeff Radebe briefed the media about the latest developments on the private jet that landed at the Waterkloof Air Force Base.

PRETORIA - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has reiterated that South Africa enjoys good diplomatic relations with Nigeria.

Radebe has distanced himself from an official statement from the Department of International Relations slamming Nigeria for recalling its high commissioner.

In response, the man behind the critical statement, spokesperson Clayson Monyela, says his position hasn&39;t changed.

“I will reiterate our position, we still have cordial relations with all the members of the African Union...  very cordial relations with the Federal Republic of Nigeria," said Radebe.

Monyela released a statement criticising Nigeria&39;s decision to recall its high commissioner to South Africa.

The West African nation maintains it&39;s in reaction to the recent xenophobic attacks.

But Monyela&39;s outrage is clear.

“It would be very curious for a sisterly country would want to exploit such an unfortunate incident in our country for whatever agenda," said Monyela.

"We are of the view that these matters can be handled differently.”

Radebe has publicly distanced government from these words.

“The interview is not the official position of South African government, as I’ve said our relation with Nigeria are very cordial.”

Monyela has declined to speak to eNCA, except to say that his weekend statement still stands.

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