South Africa: Botswana Accepts SA Government Was Not Part of Alleged Political Interference By Ramaphosa's Sister-in-Law - Lindiwe Sisulu

Bridgette Radebe with spouse Jeff Radebe, Minister of Energy

Sisulu confirms she travelled to Gaborone to meet President Masisi to assure him relations were still solid. And while South Africans generally did not require visas to visit Botswana, Masisi had confirmed to her that his government would now require one from Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe if she wished to travel to his country.

Pretoria says the Botswana government has accepted that the South African government had nothing to do with an alleged attempt by President Ramaphosa's sister-in-law, Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe, to influence the outcome of Botswana's ruling party's recent leadership elections.

Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation said this at a press conference in Pretoria on Tuesday.

She confirmed she had travelled to Gaborone on 19 April as Ramaphosa's special envoy to meet Botswana's President Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Her mission was to assure him that Motsepe-Radebe's alleged attempt - initially reported in the Botswana media - to fund a rival candidate to Masisi in the Botswana Democratic Party's leadership election "has nothing to do with the government of South Africa."

Sisulu said her task had also been to convey to Masisi that relations between South Africa remained "extremely solid."

"What the President of Botswana indicated was that he was very happy...

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