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Spy murder may 'strain' SA-Rwanda relations

2014-01-07 12:43

Cape Town - Relations between Rwanda and South Africa could be strained following the assassination of former Rwandan spy chief Patrick Karegeya in Johannesburg last week, a political analyst has said.

Karegeya's body was found in a room in the Michelangelo Towers hotel in Maude Street, Sandton.

A bloodied towel and rope were found in the hotel room safe.

According to the SABC, analyst Koffi Kouakou warned that the killing of Karegeya “will have serious repercussions”.

On Monday, Rwanda's foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo said her government had no sympathy for the slain Karegeya.

Mushikiwabo said in Twitter messages that Patrick Karegeya was a "self-declared" enemy of Rwanda.

Members of the Rwandan opposition, family and friends of Karegeya have accused Rwandan President Paul Kagame of being behind the killing. But the Rwandan government denies it targets dissidents for assassination.

Comments
  • Punungwe - 2014-01-07 12:48

    The Rwandan ambassador should have been expelled by now. What nerve by Rwanda to carry out such stupid murders in South Africa. Uyadelela Kagame. It is insulting towards neighbours to go about murdering you people in their countries. What difference is Kagame from the aprtheid regime which sent letter bombs to people like Ruth First and bombed ANC safe houses in Harare resulting in the conviction of the infamous scumbags, the so called Harare four.

      Punungwe - 2014-01-07 12:50

      I am sure his bakers in the West are running around trying to soften South Africa. Don't listen to them. Their ignorance is continually causing us problems. Look what Susan Rice's experiment has led to in South Sudan - another genocide in the making.

  • akhona.ngcengeni - 2014-01-07 12:54

    Everyone come to South Africa it is the home for thugs!!!!

      Nkosinathi Victor Vilakazi - 2014-01-07 21:18

      Akhona which then makes you a Thug as well hey! If that is how it makes sense to you

      Nkosinathi Victor Vilakazi - 2014-01-07 21:22

      Akhona which then makes you a Thug as well hey! If that is how it makes sense to you

  • Feeble Bongo - 2014-01-07 13:05

    African antics.

  • Peter James Cock - 2014-01-07 13:11

    So what - who cares ????

  • Donovan Hendricks - 2014-01-07 13:11

    That's a good thing! All these african countries with their instabilities are nothing but a burden to SA taxpayers.

  • Vincent Tseka - 2014-01-07 13:19

    I don't understand,now they blaming south Africa. Very strange

  • Derriq Ndlovu - 2014-01-07 13:28

    I saw this guy's house in Krugersdorp on the news, quite fancy for a refugee I must say. Anyway, may his soul rest in peace.

      africanhero - 2014-01-07 21:36

      Ndlovu, please hide your ignorance. Refugee is not synonymous of poor. People can seek refuge even if they are poor. The Rwandan spy chief was not a poor man; he could have afforded a nice house in an upmarket area. Do you think the house was given to him for free by the SA government?

  • Lehlohonolo Humane - 2014-01-07 13:29

    Why they killing occur in motherland let them done in Kagame palace?

  • Hi-Fi - 2014-01-07 13:31

    Who really gives a damn if relations are strained? Let them invade us! It's time this dumb government stopped giving asylum to all and sundry which allows foreign criminal elements to help run the cowntry. Idiots!

  • Siyanda Msiyana Bol Bolman - 2014-01-07 13:36

    What happened to that spy is what happened to the suicadal bodyguard of Zuma's wife who was accussed of cheating with her. Now tell me what's the difference between these two Head of States. They are Murders

  • Bondi Madondo - 2014-01-07 13:43

    Where is the story??? Just 'serious repercution' comeon now!

  • david.bester.338 - 2014-01-07 13:56

    Who gives a crap about strained relationships

      Mann Chucky - 2015-06-23 11:36

      Same imbecilic mentality as SA should have arrested Al Bashir..... NP Party mentality.

  • Bonga Mbambo - 2014-01-07 14:11

    Rwanda need us more than we need them stop blowing things out of propotion!!!

      Mann Chucky - 2015-06-23 11:36

      Same imbecilic mentality as SA should have arrested Al Bashir..... NP Party mentality.

  • Abias Makiwa - 2014-01-07 14:27

    Whom was he spying for in South Africa and if he had got the results what was he going to do with them?These questions need answers from the Rwandan government who should explain what mission their spy was for.The relations between the government and Rwanda should not be sour unless the government was aware of his mission.If he was a spy in general who was scouting for something then unfortunate let those who act in evil doings die under those circumstances.

  • Desmond Drake - 2014-01-07 15:28

    Who on earth is concerned about these relations. Only Rwanda for the handouts they recieve from ZA.

  • Keelvol Insa - 2014-01-07 15:59

    Well done. Now can we please piss of Zim as well. maybe we can stop the flood of Zim stealing our work.

      Tapedza Hondo - 2014-01-07 19:10

      Where is zim coming in in this article,,re u obssessed with zim???

      Nkosinathi Victor Vilakazi - 2014-01-07 20:52

      Insa your comment carries a weight of Xenophobic insight I urge you to refrain from such utterances of sublime nonsense bcos if you are realy an African you will know that violence is not a solution to our African challenges

  • Terry-Lee Heuer - 2014-01-07 23:34

    nothing new South Africa is the safe haven for criminals from Rwanda i.e ex army chief Kayumba Nyamwasa wanted in Spain and France as well as a Colonel Patrick Karegeya. An assasination attempt was also made on Kayumba some time ago and a Rwandan journalist investigating this story was murdered a few days later. Apparently Kayumba also blamed the President of Rwanda for the attempt on his life..so its no surprise that Rwanda's relationship with SA is strained these criminals need to go back to their homeland and face the charges against them, but South Africa refuse to do this!!!

  • Arthur Joao - 2014-01-08 15:53

    i will tell you what military spy call it intelligence m23 base in eastern congo borders with rwanda sandf soldier are fighting the m23 supported by the rwandan forces of course tells you something let not speculate things it makes things very clear

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