Botswana may lift travel ban on Julius Malema, Bushiri and others

Botswana may lift travel ban on Julius Malema, Bushiri and others

- The list of those banned from entering Botswana is reportedly under review

- The list includes Julius Malema and Shepherd Bushiri, among others

- The review could see the travel restrictions against these individuals dropped

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EFF leader Julius Malema, self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and others may soon be allowed back into Botswana.

All of these individuals had been placed on a list by Botswana's former president Ian Khama, which restricted them travelling to the country.

However, the new director-general of the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Services has said that the list is being reviewed.

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According to The Citizen, Malema had been placed on the list in 2011 while he was still president of the ANC Youth League. This came after Malema called for the overthrow of Ian Khama's government, saying it was a "footstool of imperialism".

In response, Khama's government branded Malema a security risk.

Additionally, self-styled prophet Shepherd Bushiri was banned from visiting Botswana last year after having found to be effectively charging members of his congregation money in exchange for 'miracles'. This practice is illegal in Botswana.

As a result, law enforcement shut down all of Bushiri's churches in Botswana, discovered.

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Some politicians in Botswana have now lobbied for the travel restrictions against Malema to be dropped.

For example, Sadique Kebonang, a politician and member of the Botswana Democratic Party, called on President Mokgweetsi Masisi to review the restrictions against the EFF leader.

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