Botswana has added the wife of mining mogul and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe, to a list of undesirables who need to apply for a visa before entering the country. This is reportedly over an alleged plot to remove President Mokgweetsi Masisi from his position as the leader of the nation.
Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe has been listed as an 'undesirable' individual who would need to apply for a visa before entering Botswana.
According to IOL, 'Malcolm X', a Sandton socialite, has been added to the list alongside the wife of Energy Minister Jeff Radebe.
A copy of the notice, seen by The Star, reportedly accuses the pair of conspiring to remove President Mokgweetsi Masisi from his place at the helm of the nation.
Sunday Standard, a local newspaper, published a series of articles linking the pair to a plot allegedly involving ex-president of Botswana, Ian Khama.
While Khama denied the accusations, the paper reported that the plotters wanted the current president to be replaced with Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, who is allegedly Khama's preferred candidate.
Reports claim that Malcolm X and Motsepe-Radebe, President Cyril Ramaphosa's sister-in-law, had been detained and interrogated when a meeting had been intercepted. Following this, the two had allegedly been deported back to SA.
International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu flew to the nation to handle the diplomatic faux pas, with the president of Botswana taking to Facebook to hint at the nature of the meeting:
“The special envoy conveyed a message from President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterating the long-standing and excellent relations between Botswana and South Africa despite the recent media reports, relations between the two countries remain solid,."
South Africans were less concerned over the allegations against their president's sister-in-law. They were surprised by how Botswana had handled the situation and how steadfast they had been about it.
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