5 November 2017

South Africa: Botswana Lodges Official Complaint After NW Premier's Convoy Allegedly Forces Its President Off the Road

Botswana has lodged an official complaint with the South African government after its president was allegedly forced off the road by North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo's blue light convoy.

"With reference to various media reports appearing this morning [Sunday], this is to confirm that there was indeed an incident this past week in which a convoy carrying the South African North West province's Premier Supra Mahumapelo back to South Africa forced vehicles escorting H.E. the President Lt. General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, among others, off the road," the statement by Dr Geoff Ramsay, for the Botswana government said.

"H.E. the President's life was not under any threat during the incident.

"Government expressed its concern to the government of the Republic of South Africa about the unfortunate incident through the appropriate diplomatic channels. The matter is being resolved in an amicable matter."

In reply to questions from News24, Ramsay said nobody was injured and the matter was immediately reported to authorities.

He said the Premier's convoy had its blue lights on, but Khama's lights were not on.

Mahumapelo's spokesperson Brian Setswambung told News24 that Mahumapelo had attended a Global Expo hosted by Botswana in Gaborone this week, but said the Premier denied knowledge of his convoy forcing the host country's president off the road.

"There was no such thing," said Setswambung.

Comment was not immediately available from South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Source: News24

South Africa

Breaking - Minister Edna Molewa Dies

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has died, the SABC reported on Saturday. Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 News24Wire. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.