Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 March 2014

South Africa to Rwanda - Don't Touch Us On Our Sovereignty!

Exiled Rwandan General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa tells us that President Kagame is behind the assassinations of Rwandans. ( Resource: Former Rwandan General Nyamwasa Says Govt Behind Assassinations

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Rwanda and South Africa are still on speaking terms, but only barely - and if Dirco gets its way even this tenuous relationship will be terminated in the next few days. South Africa, finally, has had enough of Rwanda doing its dirty business on South African soil and has expelled three diplomats, with the ambassador to follow shortly. It's a bold move, but have we thought it through?

Relations between South Africa and Rwanda are at an all-time low after South Africa expelled three Rwandan diplomats on Thursday. And relations are about to get even worse.

South Africa, understandably, has had enough of Rwanda doing its dirty business on South African soil. First there was the assassination attempt on the life of Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, the former Rwandan general turned vocal critic of President Paul Kagame's regime, in 2010. Then, earlier this year, there was the murder in a Sandton hotel room of Patrick Karegeya, the one-time head of Rwandan intelligence, who had fled his country looking for political asylum in South Africa.

After this murder, the Daily Maverick observed: "... with that regime's track record, and South Africa's undeniable appeal for Rwandan dissidents and exiles, Karegeya's...

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