S.Africa Breaks Silence On Rwanda Diplomatic Row

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“It is clear that these incidents directly link to tensions emanating from Rwanda and are acted upon within our borders. This recent event clearly undermined our national security, territorial integrity and put South Africans in harm’s way,” he added, in reference to an alleged attack on exiled General Kayumba Nyamwasa’s residence in South Africa.

“As part of our continued monitoring of the security situation in the country, government has established that there are organised criminal networks whose activities seek to undermine our national security. These have been coordinated and facilitated by some individuals who abused their diplomatic and refugee status granted in terms of international laws and protocols. It is for these reasons that South Africa expelled four Rwandan diplomats and one from Burundi for violating their status.”

Rwanda recently responded by kicking out six South African diplomats, saying the country continues to harbour individuals suspected of planning terrorist attacks in Rwanda.

Kigali further denied reports that it was behind the alleged attack on a house where Kayumba was said to be living.


Monyela said investigations have revealed direct links between the expelled diplomats and the attempted assassination of Nyamwasa and murder of Patrick Karegeya. He did not provide evidence.


Relations between Rwanda and South Africa were strained in 2010 after Kayumba was shot in the stomach as he drove home.

Tensions rose further after South Africa deployed troops to fight M23 rebels who had created a security buffer zone between Rwanda and the genocidal FDLR in DRC.

With the defeat of M23, FDLR got ample territory near the Rwanda border to retrain and mobilize new recruits to reinforce their forces; a move many believe threatens Rwanda’s national security.

It should also be noted that Kayumba is among the dissidents suspected of masterminding grenade attacks in Rwanda in which lives have been lost.

Kagame speaks out

Speaking at Rwanda Leaders Fellowship Prayer Breakfast on January 12, Kagame did not show remorse at Karegeya’s recent murder at South African Hotel, accusing him of masterminding terrorist activities against his home country.

“No one will betray Rwanda and get away with it. Regardless of who you are, there will be consequences. God gave us the strength to protect what we have built. Whoever it is, even those still alive will bear the consequences; it’s just a matter of time,” Kagame warned.

Without mentioning names, Kagame said he “really don’t feel the necessity for politeness on this issue, no need for being diplomatic, of being politically correct. What’s surprising is that you didn’t do it, not the other way around. Because how can people betray their country… a country that made them who they are boasting to be today? All those fellows would have been nothing if it wasn’t for this country, if it wasn’t for Rwanda.”

He added: “Rwanda made them who they are today. And they have now turned against it; they are now insulting it, abusing it. I honestly have no diplomacy in that regard. We should have been the ones, we should have been the ones to do it; it shouldn’t have been somebody else. Because no one will do it for you, no Bangladeshi peacekeeper, no Pakistani, no white person, no one else can protect your country and grant you peace. Only you can do it, and you shouldn’t feel bad about doing what you need to.”


Monyela further said criminal investigations are underway by law enforcement agencies as it has “become evident that these activities are a direct violation of the letter and spirit of our Constitution, laws and clearly undermine international conventions.”

He said the action “we took was targeting only those who violated the Vienna Convention, Article 41 and our own Diplomatic Immunities and Privileges Act.”

However, Monyela said the Ambassador of Rwanda, the Military Attache and other functionaries in the Rwanda Diplomatic Mission in Pretoria are in place and functioning normally.

He regretted the Rwandan government “reciprocated disproportionately by expelling all our diplomats except the Ambassador thus making the work of our mission in Rwanda difficult as it cannot discharge its services that our people and Rwandans normally receive.”

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