This is the call from civil rights organisation AfriForum who has asked the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, to recall and dismiss the South African ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela (photographed opposite Barack Obama). It follows after the Ambassador sent a series of extremely divisive, racist Twitter messages on 14 June using the hashtag \u201c#OurLand\u201d.\n\n\n\nAccording to Alana Bailey, Deputy CEO of AfriForum responsible for international liaison, the duty of an ambassador is to act for all residents of the country he or she represents, while promoting their interests without favour or prejudice. In addition, he or she should convey the image of a healthy and united country to gain the confidence of political partners and investors.\n\n\n\nMandela, the daughter of former president Nelson Mandela and struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, caused outrage with her tweets last week. It began with: \u201cDear Apartheid Apologists, your time is over. You will not rule again. We do not fear you. Finally #TheLandIsOurs\u201c.\n\n\n\nThe tweet led to criticism from some white South Africans on Twitter. She responded with a series of increasingly strongly-worded tweets, using the hashtag #OurLand, which have inspired growing outrage.\n\n\n\nThese included a tweet about \u201ctrembling white cowards\u201d who are the \u201cthieving rapist descendants of Van Riebeck [sic]\u201d and one saying that she was \u201cwondering how the world of shivering land thieves is doing\u201d while out \u201cwining and dining\u201d at a restaurant.\n\n\n\n Rancorous attitude towards white residents\n\n\n\nBailey says \u201cWith her Twitter messages, Mandela displayed a rancorous attitude towards white residents in the country and in a very public arena, contributed to the division of local communities. With false allegations and demeaning terms such as \u2018cowards\u2019 and \u2018land thieves\u2019, she is contributing to a dangerous discourse of scapegoating. Her defence that she is entitled to a personal opinion, shows a complete lack of insight into her responsibility in her position as ambassador. It is also inconsistent with the South African Constitution, which clearly states that the country belongs to everyone. The question therefore is whose interests she represents and how much work will be required to manage the relationship and reputation damage that she has now caused by these tweets.\u201d\n\n\n\nBailey mentions that South Africa\u2019s international reputation has suffered major damage in recent years due to the actions of diplomats abroad and the country\u2019s official stance on various human rights issues locally and abroad. The appointment of Dr Pandor revived hopes in the international community that the Department of International Relations and Cooperation has turned over a new leaf and will try to reverse this reputation damage.\n\n\n\n\u201cThe manner in which the Minister handles Ambassador Mandela will indicate whether this hope is justified,\u201d says Bailey.