Kagame receives South Africa’s President special envoy

On 19 October 2019 at 03:44

President Paul Kagame on Friday received Jeff Radebe, the recently appointed Special Envoy of South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa to update African countries on his country’s policy against attacks to foreign Africans (xenophobia) reported in his country.

Radebe who was the Minister of Infrastructure and currently one of top leaders of the country’ leading political party, ANC came to Rwanda following visits to other African countries including Ghana where he held talks with President Nana Akufo-Addo.

Attacks to foreigners was reported in Gautenf and Western Cape .

Apart from discussing policies against xenophobia, there several areas of concern both countries can discuss.

Rwanda and South Africa have been working towards revitalizing relations that soured in 2014 over political crises related to hosting convicted fugitives including Kayumba Nyamwasa convicted of terrorism acts that involved grenade attacks in different parts of Kigali taking lives of many people.

At the time, South Africa also accused Rwanda of being behind an armed attack on Kayumba’s home in South Africa.

This saw South Africa suspending the issuance of Visa to Rwandans heading to the country using ordinary passports and deported three Rwandan diplomats in Pretoria. In return, Rwanda expelled six South Africa’s diplomats.

As President Ramaphosa attended African Union Summit in Kigali 2018, he revealed that he had agreed with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame to facilitate both countries’ Foreign Affairs Ministers to deal with the issue amicably and make a report for implementation. No progress has so far been reported.

George Nkosinati Twala was the last South Africa Ambassador to Rwanda. He was recalled after ending a 6-year term limit but has not yet been replaced.

President Paul Kagame receives South Africa Presidential Special Envoy Jeff Radebe at Village Urugwiro, Kigali.