South Africa: Botswana Curbs Bridgette Radebe's Freedom to Come and Go

Photo: Flickr
Bridgette Radebe with spouse Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy
analysis

Businesswoman Bridgette Radebe's movement into Botswana have been curtailed after reports that she tried to interfere in the governing party's leadership elections. It's a massive loss for her, and an even bigger embarrassment for President Cyril Ramaphosa's administration.

In Botswana's Government Gazette, the minister of nationality, immigration and gender affairs, Magang Ngaka Ngaka, published a special notice with a declaration that two South Africans, Dikeledi Dijeng Bridgette Radebe and her associate, the Sandton businessman known as Malcolm X, will in future have to apply for visas to enter Botswana.

Most South Africans, with the exception of some EFF members, including leader Julius Malema, can cross the borders to their northern neighbour visa-free. Malema's visa restrictions were imposed after he declared in 2011 - when he was still ANC Youth League leader - that he would work with organisations within Botswana to effect a change of government during the country's elections. Malema subsequently applied for a visa to enter Botswana, but it was refused.

The Government Gazette was published on Wednesday, a day before President Cyril Ramaphosa sent International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to smooth relations with Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi. Copies of the notice, however, only surfaced in public after...

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 150 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.