Tuesday, December 11, 2018

S/Africa Protests To Rwanda Over Lindiwe Sisulu Slur

South Africa has summoned the Rwandan envoy in Pretoria after a Rwandan pro-government news site reportedly called a key minister a "prostitute".

Lindiwe Sisulu, the South African international relations minister, has also been criticised on Twitter by a senior Rwandan official.

Her spokesman told the BBC the remarks were "unacceptable" and "must stop".

Ms Sisulu recently met an exiled critic of the Rwandan leader, triggering a diplomatic row between the countries.

She told a press conference last month that she had met Rwanda's former army chief, General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, in Johannesburg.

She said she was "pleasantly surprised" to hear that Mr Nyamwasa, who has established an opposition party in South Africa, was willing to negotiate a reconciliation deal with his former government.

Mr Nyamwasa has been living in exile in South Africa since 2010, after falling out with Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

Rwanda's Deputy Foreign Minister, Olivier Nduhungirehe, criticised the meeting on his Twitter account, in remarks South Africa described as offensive.

He said that if any South African official wanted to negotiate with a "convicted criminal" who was leading a "subversive movement", they were free to do so - but they should "never think" of involving Rwanda in the process.