Rwanda, S.A Diplomatic Standoff Worsens

patient geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Justus de Goede, story Shadow Minister of International Relations and Cooperation said Foreign Affairs Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, must “urgently brief Parliament on what amounts to a rupture of diplomatic ties between South Africa and Rwanda.”

“Parliament must be briefed and kept completely informed as to what is transpiring. The South African public deserve transparency from the Minister on such an important matter, and nothing less,” said Justus in a statement seen by Chimpreports on Monday.

“I will be requesting the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Hargreaves Magama, summon the Minister to Parliament without delay.”

Following the expulsions, Rwanda responded by kicking out six South African diplomats from Kigali.

“We have expelled six S. African diplomats in reciprocity and concern at South Africa harbouring of dissidents responsible for terrorist attacks in Rwanda,” said Rwanda Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo last Friday.


Relations between South Africa and Rwanda took a nosedive in 2010 when exiled Rwandan fugitive General, Kayumba Nyamwasa was shot in the stomach by unknown gunmen.

South Africa said then it suspected Rwanda was behind the attempted assassination, a charge Kigali vehemently denied.

Matters were worsened by increased bomb attacks in Kigali, which Rwanda said were a brainchild of South Africa-based Nyamwasa and murdered former spymaster, Col Patrick Karegeya.

Karegeya murder

Karegeya’s body was found in a luxurious Hotel on New Year’s Eve, fuelling the bad blood between Kigali and Pretoria.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame later gave a speech in which he said those who betray Rwanda which made them what they are today would face consequences.

He said though Rwanda did not take part in Karegeya’s murder, it should have. This statement is reported to have angered authorities in South Africa.

It should be remembered that South Africa’s role in the defeat of the M23 rebels in Eastern Congo did not go down well with Rwanda.

Kigali had argued and pushed for a peaceful and long-lasting solution to the crisis in DRC.

The bombing and defeat of M23 across the Rwandan border opened up space for training and recruitment for the genoocidal militia FDLR thus threatening Rwanda’s national security.

Nevertheless, the expulsion of Rwandan diplomats was a result of an alleged attack on Kayumba’s residence in South Africa last week.

It is reported that the Kayumbas had been earlier evacuated by South African security personnel when the suspected assassins overpowered a guard before breaking into the house.

Sources say it remains unclear why South Africa, which had prior information about a planned attack, did not lay ambush or plan to seize the suspected assassins.

By Monday morning, reports suggested that South Africa was considering reviewing its relations with Rwanda.

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