Mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe on Tuesday apologized for his remarks about America and its president, Donald Trump.
Speaking to a reception at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Motsepe told Trump: “Africa loves America and Africa loves you.”
Motsepe, a brother-in-law of Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa, in a statement, admitted he had only the right to speak for himself and not for others.
There has been much criticism on social media against Motsepe after a video was circulated on Twitter in which he praised the US president. Motsepe says he noted the criticism against him.
He says his speech was partly an attempt to promote talks between the Trump administration and African political and business leaders.
Motsepe said he did it because there is a feeling in America that South Africa and some African countries are anti-American.
“This view has had a negative impact on our ability to attract foreign investment and create jobs,” says Motsepe.