- A South African businesswoman has said it hurts to see her family's name dragged through the mud
- Fraud and money laundering accused Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe said she is desperate to clear her name
- The mining magnate is accused of being a co-signatory in two South African bank accounts holding more than $10 billion allegedly stolen from the Botswana government
South African mining magnate, Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe said she is hurt her family's name is being dragged through the mud over baseless allegations.
Motsepe-Radebe is the wife of Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe and sister-in-law of President Cyril Ramaphosa. She is also the sister of mining mogul, Patrice Motsepe.
"It hurts me when my family name is dragged into this mess. They are always bringing up my brother and who my sister. I am an individual and have made myself a name as a businessperson, especially in the mining sector. We have children and you can only imagine what this is doing to them and the family legacy."
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.
The businesswoman said found herself shedding a tear during a recent television interview when asked about what this whole thing was doing to her family.
Briefly.co.za reported that the government of Botswana has hired AfriForum's private prosecution unit in the case against Motsepe-Radebe.
City Press said that Motsepe-Radebe has again challenged the Botswana government to “produce evidence that such a large amount of money left the country in the first place and how and if the Reserve Bank of Botswana has no records of that”.
Allegations of fraud and money laundering came to light during the bail application of former spy, Wilhelmina “Butterfly” Maswabi, who is alleged to be the one holding the strings of the loot.
The allegations were detailed in an affidavit by the Botswana Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime investigating officer, Jako Hubona, in his opposition to Maswabi’s bail application.
It was also alleged that Motsepe-Radebe had an affair with former Botswana president, Ian Khama. Both parties have denied the allegations and strongly condemned the rumours.
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