SA may sever all diplomatic ties with Rwanda

2014-03-10 12:42
Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Cape Town – South Africa is reportedly planning to sever all diplomatic ties with Rwanda within 72 hours, as relations between the two countries get worse following the expulsion of three Rwandan diplomats from the country.

South Africa expelled the three Rwandan diplomats it linked to a raid by gunmen on a dissident exiled former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasageneral's home in Johannesburg. In retaliation, Rwanda ordered out six South African envoys.

This comes a few months after former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya was found strangled in a Sandton hotel.

According to the Daily Maverick, an official within the department of international relations (Dirco) said SA would not stand by and watch people being "killed on our soil by another government, just because we happen to be opposed to a sitting regime".

The official said the freeze in relations was likely to continue for as long as President Paul Kagame remained in office.

Rwanda has since accused South Africa of harbouring terrorists.

Meanwhile, according to an SABC report, the South African government was under pressure to clarify the diplomatic row, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) urging Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to urgently address Parliament on the issue.

Dirco has refused to comment on the matter but the DA's Justus de Goede believes the public deserves an explanation, the report said.

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