The government of South Africa has has expelled diplomats from Lesotho and Malawi for being involved in the sale of duty free alcohol to bars and restaurants.

The diplomats from Malawi and neighbouring Lesotho were given 72 hours to leave the country, failing which will lead to arrests.

There are reports that short of cash Lesotho diplomats and their spouses have been bringing alcohol into the country without paying duty and then reselling it in bars and restaurants.

Dirco spokesperson Clayson Monyela said the decision was taken in line with the Vienna Convention of 1961 which is fundamental to the conduct of foreign relations and ensures that diplomats can conduct their duties without the threat of influence by the host government.

However, the government of Lesotho has expressed shock and disappointment in learning of the diplomats who have been thrown out of South Africa and declared unwanted in the country.

In an interview with eNCA, David Monyae said the diplomats are at risk of losing their jobs in their motherland.

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