It will be recalled that Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga visited Taiwan and met with Taipei mayor over possible investments. The mayor did this even though he was warned prior to taking the trip, which the Department of International Relations has said was a breach of South Africa’s One China policy.

The trip is said to have angered the government and ruling party. In a statement from President Zuma office.

The President said he will use the upcoming meeting where he meets with head of local and provincial government to address the issue;

“The presidency and government as a whole remain committed to sound relations and cooperation between the three spheres of government at all times, and to continuously promote coordination and communication,” he added.

The One China policy obliges nations seeking diplomatic ties with the People’s Republic of China, which last year became South Africa’s biggest trading partner, to break ties with Taiwan, also called the Republic of China.