South Africa Bans Rwanda Dissidents From Taking Part In Politics

South African government has banned Rwandans and other foreign refugees from taking part in any political activities related to their country of origin – including voting in elections and those found to do so face expulsion from the country.

This development comes after South Africa   Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted the new regulations on 27 December, two working days before they came into effect on 1 January.

South Africa is home to Rwandan Renegade General Kayumba Nyamwasa and most of the top leadership of Rwanda National Congress, an opposition political part which the Kigali establishment refers to as a terror group.

Speaking on the development   Minister of State For Foreign Affairs in Charge of the East African Community Amb Olivier Nduhugirehe tweeted it was bad news for leaders of the RNC terrorist organization.

“Beyond deep internal divisions in 2019, they suffered heavy losses in eastern DRC, including the killing of Capt Charles Sibo and others, and the capture of Maj Habib Mudathiru by FARDC. And now, 2020 looks even worse, ”he tweeted.

Speaking on the matter with local media Nduhungirihe said it’s an important decision by the South African government. It will deter refugees from engaging in destabilizing activities against their countries of origin

“We know that some of the leaders of the RNC terrorist organisation are based in South Africa and we hope that the new law will prevent them from continuing fuelling terrorist activities in our region,” he added.

In bid to reign on the threat posed by the South Africa based dissidents led by Gen Nyamwasa , Kagame met  President Cyril Ramaphosa seven times in less than two years with latest being at the sidelines of Russia-Africa Summit which took place in Sochi last year in October.


Last year, Rwandan president said his major problem with Uganda originates from South Africa who hosts Rwanda fugitives, Kigali accuses of plotting against Rwanda government. The UN report last year mentioned Kayumba’s involvement in subversive activities against Kigali. His group, Rwanda National Congress has maintained that they are doing normal politics and denied trying to use force to topple Kagame.

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