Botswana has now banned businesswoman Bridgette Radebe, wife of energy minister Jeff Radebe, sister-in-law of pres. Cyril Ramaphosa and sister of billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe from entering the country without a visa.
Daily Maverick reports that Radebe’s movements in Botswana have been curbed after reports of trying to interfere in the ruling party’s leadership election. It is considered a huge blow to her business interests and an even greater embarrassment to Ramaphosa’s government.
Magang Ngaka Ngaka, Botswana’s National Minister for Immigration and Gender Affairs, announced in a special government newspaper that Radebe and her South African business partner, the Sandton businessman known as Malcolm X, will have to apply for visas as their Botswana in the future. want to visit.
Most South Africans, with the exception of Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, and some other EFF leaders, can cross the border to Botswana without a visa. Malema’s admission is limited when, in 2011, when he was still leader of the ANC Youth League, he agreed to work with organizations in Botswana to bring about a government change in the election there. Malema then applied for a visa, but it was turned down.
The announcement on Radebe was published last Wednesday – a day before Ramaphosa Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, sent for relations with Botswana’s presidency. Mokgweetsi Masisi to strengthen.
Ramaphosa probably already knew about the ban, although he probably did not approve what she did, as it is contrary to ANC policy to interfere with the governments of countries with whom the ANC has good relations.
Radebe’s relationship with Ramaphosa could have made her appear to be carrying her support.
Radebe apparently donated money to Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, a friend of her and Botswana’s Foreign Minister, who earlier this month told Masisi the leadership of the Botswana Democratic Party.
Radebe told Daily Maverick the allegations against her were exaggerated. She admits that they are friends, but denies that his or her money was involved in his campaign to challenge Masisi.
One of her corporate bank accounts was frozen because the Botswana government suspected the company’s money was being washed to fund Venson-Motoi’s leadership campaign.
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