Zuma to Meet Rwandan President Kagame to Resolve Diplomatic SpatJaco Visser
South African President Jacob Zuma will meet his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, to discuss a diplomatic row following the expulsion of embassy staff who may be linked to an attempted murder of an opponent of the East African nation’s government.
No date has been set yet for the meeting, Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said by phone today. “The issue between the two countries” will be discussed, he said.
South Africa expelled four Rwandan diplomats and one Burundian official on March 7, three days after an attempt was made to kill exiled former Rwandan army general Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in Johannesburg. Rwanda’s former head of intelligence, Patrick Karegeya, 53, was found dead two months earlier in a hotel room in Johannesburg’s affluent Sandton area.
Rwanda responded by ejecting six South African diplomats, with Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo accusing the government of harboring dissidents responsible for terrorist attacks in Rwanda. South Africa said on March 15 that investigations linked the expelled Rwandan diplomats to organized criminal networks seeking to undermine the nation’s security.
Zuma and Kagame met yesterday at a summit of heads of states in Angola’s capital, Luanda, and plan to hold direct talks on the diplomatic disagreement, the state-owned South African Broadcasting Corp. said on its website.