SA to review ties with Rwanda - report

2014-03-09 08:55
Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Cape Town - South Africa is considering breaking diplomatic relations with Rwanda after the two countries went on a tit-for-tat expulsion drive of diplomats over the past few days.

According to the Sunday Times, a senior diplomatic source said that South Africa was considering recalling its ambassador to Kigali and shutting down the Rwandan Embassy in Pretoria.

This comes after assassination attempts against exiled former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who has been living in Johannesburg.

South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats it linked to a raid by gunmen on Nyamwasa's home and Rwanda ordered out six South African envoys in retaliation, Reuters reported a diplomatic source as saying.

On Monday, armed men broke into Nyamwasa's Johannesburg home, but he was not in the house at the time.

survived a previous assassination attempt in Johannesburg in 2010

The source, who asked not to be named, said South African security services had tracked the attackers.

"It was very clear that they were intelligence personnel attached to the Rwandan embassy," the source added.

Meanwhile, according to Reuters,  police have also been investigating the New Year's Eve murder in a posh Johannesburg hotel of another exiled Kagame opponent, former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya.

Exiled Rwandan opposition members have accused Kagame and his government of being responsible for Karegeya's death and for attacks on Nyamwasa and other overseas-based critics.

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