Botswana: Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe Hits Back in Effort to Clear Her Name in Botswana

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Businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe has hit back after AfriForum's Gerrie Nel was appointed by the Botswana government to pursue a case against her.

South African businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe has resumed her eight-month-long fight to clear her name of allegations of money-laundering and fraud in Botswana.

She issued a statement on Tuesday 23 June shortly after it was announced that AfriForum's Private Prosecution Unit, headed by Gerrie Nel, had been appointed by the Botswana government to help it pursue its case against Motsepe.

She has also been accused of helping finance a "coup" attempt against Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi in 2019, and of bankrolling his opponent's campaign months before last year's general elections in October.

"There is no truth to these allegations," Motsepe said. "I have never laundered money. I have denied these allegations since December last year on the basis of readily available evidence which has already been widely reported on in both South Africa and Botswana media."

Motsepe said the allegation that she was a co-signatory of at least two bank accounts holding funds allegedly stolen from the Botswana government to finance the "coup" was "baseless", and she had already publicly produced letters from the banks in...

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