The richest man in South Africa, Patrice Motsepe, has social media in a spin after he was spotted attending a dinner with US President Donald Trump. File photo: Jeffrey Abrahams/African News Agency

Cape Town - One of the richest men in South Africa, Patrice Motsepe has social media in a spin after he was spotted attending a dinner with US President Donald Trump.

Motsepe, African Rainbow Minerals founder and CEO, was part of a select group of business leaders from across the world who were invited to dine with Trump in Davos, at the World Economic Forum.

After he spoke, Trump asked the CEOs in attendance at the dinner to introduce themselves and to say a few words about their companies.

According to iHeartRadio, Motsepe said: "All I wanted to say is that Africa loves America. Africa loves you."

"Thank you very much. That's an honour. Thank you," replied Trump.

A few video clips of the dinner were posted on The White House Twitter account, which showed Motsepe sitting close to Trump, with only the President of Fifa (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Gianni Infantino separating them.

The Twitterati couldn't hold back their comments on the matter, with some criticising Motsepe, while others praised "the country's principal" for cracking an invite to a dinner with the president of the US.

Cape Argus