The South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development says the Botswana Government has not responded to their request for audience to answer for the engagement of the services of the rightwing Afrikaner organisation, AfriForum, ignoring the established SADC protocol or diplomatic processes, to force them to release information relating to the P100 billion case.
In August this year, the South African government said they would engage Botswana concerning how they approached the mutual legal assistance request. In many instances, South Africa argued that they had exchanged information sought via mutual legal assistance from state to state without the involvement of a third party.
Updating this publication in a written response this week, a spokesman of the South African Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services, Chrispin Phiri, said: “Indeed our central authority which is the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has sought an audience with the central authority of Botswana to clarify this issues of concern, and we are yet to receive a response.” Phiri concluded: “It is not clear to us why in this case a third party has been invoked, instead of adhering to the existing diplomatic protocols.”
Yet, the Botswana government says there is nothing to respond to because they have not received any correspondence of that sort from South Africa. The Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation, Dr Lemogang Kwape, denied ever receiving a request from South Africa, “I have not received such a request from South Africa,” he said. His statement was echoed by his counterpart, Kagiso Mmusi, the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security.
A lot has been going on between the two countries, with the latest being former President Ian Khama’s letter to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. In the letter, Khama requested Ramaphosa to sanction President Mokgweetsi Masisi for the reputational harm and embarrassment he has caused South Africa over a case that has been declared a fabrication by the high court.
Khama, in the letter, rubbed the Afri-Forum controversial issue against Ramaphosa, saying: “Against this background, Your Excellency I pay regard to the action of South African National Civic Organisation (SAMCO) in finding that the government of Botswana by its action has undermined the integrity of your government, and compounded the offensive by collaborating with Afri- Forum in litigating this case.”
Khama concluded by requesting Ramaphosa to consider penalising President Masisi in his official capacity in a way he may deem appropriate, “consequently I respectfully request you, Your Excellency, to consider sanctioning President Masisi in his official capacity and as the main sponsor of the fabricated case, in whatever manner you deem appropriate, for disrespecting and tainting the good reputation of your Republic, and to demand reparations for your country.
I believe that this will send a clear message that South Africa is a sovereign state and that no country can get away with besmirching the integrity of the people of South Africa and their government,” Khama wrote. The South African government was implicated in the case for allegedly refusing to cooperate before the government here eventually engaged the services of the rightwing Afrikaner organisation AfriForum to press South Africa to release information.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.
The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.
This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.