Botswana approaches AfriForum in case against Bridget Motsepe-Radebe

Botswana approaches AfriForum in case against Bridget Motsepe-Radebe

- The government has hired AfriForum to investigate its case involving Bridget Motsepe-Radebe

- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's sister-in-law has been accused of money laundering and fraud

- Motsepe-Radebe is also the wife of former minister Jeff Radebe

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South Africa's northern neighbour, Botswana, has hired AfriForum's private prosecution unit to represent it in the high-profile money laundering and fraud case involving South African businesswoman Bridget Motsepe-Radebe.

In 2019, Motsepe-Radebe was accused on being a signatory on bank accounts valued at more than $10 billion, said to have been stolen from the Botswana government, allegedly to finance a coup d'etat.

However, she maintained her innocence, saying the accusations had been part of a smear campaign by the Botswana government and once again called on authorities in Botswana and South Africa to investigate.

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Motsepe-Radebe is the wife of former Minister Jeff Radebe and President Cyril Ramaphosa's sister-in-law.

Motsepe-Radebe was allegedly imprisoned in Zimbabwe after a meeting with US diplomat Andrew Young and the Botswana President Ian Khama. A tip-off claimed that she was smuggling money into the country to be used to buy votes for an opposition candidate in the Botswana election, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

The Independent Online reported that Khama and Motsepe-Radebe are allegedly to have also had an unfair. Khama strongly denied this in an interview last year.

eNCA reported that Botswana’s Director for Public Prosecutions Stephan Tiroyakgosi said they have been trying to get more information from those implicated.

The mining magnate asked South African authorities to investigate whether the string of allegations against her were a plot used in a political conspiracy to eventually end up killing her, reported The Citizen.

Advocate Gerrie Nel, who leads AfrifForum's private investigation unit said:

"This particular request was personally handed over to the head of the international cooperation unit in Mr Tiroyakgosi’s office to the designated officials at the department of international relations and cooperation (DIRCO) on 19 September, 2019, but this request has since disappeared for convenience."

Nel said Tiroyakgosi was denied access to accounts by banks in South Africa to seek information on the investigation despite obtaining a court order.

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