Botswana president is afraid of Malema – EFF

2014-09-12 16:40

Botswana’s refusal to grant EFF leader Julius Malema a visa “shows that its President Ian Khama is a dictator”, the party’s national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said today.

“The Economic Freedom Fighters condemns the refusal by the autocratic military government of Botswana to grant the CIC [commander in chief] Julius Malema a visa,” said Ndlozi.

“There are absolutely no grounds for a so-called democratic country to refuse a person a visa merely on the basis that he holds a different political view to that of the government.”

Malema’s expulsion from the ANC in 2012 was partly because he threatened to bring about regime change in Botswana.

In July 2011, Malema said there was a vacuum in the ideological and political leadership of Africa and the subregions, The Sunday Times reported at the time.

He reportedly said the ANC Youth League intended establishing a Botswana command team, which would work towards uniting all oppositional forces in Botswana “to oppose the puppet regime of Botswana, led by the Botswana Democratic Party”.

“The BDP is a foot stool of imperialism, a security threat to Africa and always under constant puppetry of the United States.”

Following his statements, Botswana imposed visa restrictions on Malema.

South Africans do not require a visa to travel to Botswana if their stay will be less than three months.

The EFF said on Friday that the Botswana government’s refusal to grant Malema a visa confirmed that Botswana was not a democratic country.

“There can never be a democratic country that refuses those who disagree with the acts of its government permission to visit it,” said Ndlozi.

“This autocratic military government of Botswana has refused CIC (Malema) a visa even when the Batswana people want him to visit. Botswana is afraid of the power of his message and the message of economic freedom.”

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