- The Presidency has labeled a report by the Daily Maverick as false news
- The online news service published a report claiming President Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to Botswana was to discuss fraud accused Bridgette Motsepe-Ramaphosa
- The planned visit her since been cancelled
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has noted with concern a report by the Daily Maverick, alleging that his visit to Botswana on Tuesday 30 June is not an official state visit.
The report alleges that the president's visit was centred around Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe's allegations of fraud and money laundering by the government of Botswana.
The presidency issued a statement rejecting this false report which they say distorted the purpose of his planned visit to Botswana today.
News24 reported that Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi was expected to meet with Ramaphosa's envoy, Intelligence Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. The trip appears to have been cancelled.
Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko denied that an envoy had been appointed. She said:
"The president has not and has no intention of appointing an envoy to Botswana in relation to the cases involving Bridgette Radebe."
Briefly.co.za reported that South African mining magnate, Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe said she is hurt her family's name is being dragged through the mud over baseless allegations. The businesswoman is subject to an $10 billion ongoing investigation by the government of Botswana.
The presidency said:
"Special Envoys are never deployed to deliver rebukes to governments with whom South Africa engages on any matter, as South Africa maintains the highest level of respect and decorum in all diplomatic engagements."
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