Rude. South African Leader Snubs Michelle Obama
She did get some dancing in, though.
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (3rd R) and daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) visit the Emthonjeni Community Center in Zandspruit Township, Johannesburg, South Africa June 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)
South African leader Jacob Zuma snubbed Michelle Obama today and sent an aide to meet the American First Lady.
The Telegraph reported:
Mr Zuma was out of the country for the first day of Mrs Obama’s second solo trip abroad on Tuesday and although he returned on Monday night, aides said he was “not available” to meet her.
Instead, he arranged for Corrective Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to greet her on her arrival in Pretoria on Monday night, and one of his three wives, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, to meet her briefly on Tuesday.
Mrs Obama, her daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother Marian Robinson, were also granted a rare audience with 92-year-old former president Nelson Mandela at his Johannesburg home.
It was Mrs Obama’s first encounter with the global icon, although her husband Barack Obama met him when still a senator on a 2006 Africa tour. Mrs Obama’s aides revealed that a mobile phone photograph taken of that meeting now hangs in Mr Mandela’s office.