Ex-spy boss murder probe continues

Rwanda's envoy to SA is not commenting on Patrick Karageya’s apparent murder.

The Michelangelo Towers in Sandton. Picture: Michelangelo Tower.

JOHANNESBURG - The Rwandan ambassador to South Africa on Thursday said he would not comment on former spy chief Patrick Karageya's apparent murder.

This after Karegeya's body was found at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton late on Wednesday afternoon.

Rwanda's High Commissioner to South Africa Vincent Karega says he's waiting to hear the findings of South African Police service (SAPS).

Karegeya fled to South Africa seven years ago after Ugandan President Paul Kagame sacked him from his post.

Karega said Karageya was under SAPS protection.

The former spy boss, who checked into his hotel room on 29 December, leaves behind his wife Leah and three children.

Forensic experts are examining two items found in the hotel safe, a rope and towel.

Police spokesperson Katlego Mogale says investigations are underway.

"Preliminary investigations revealed that his neck was swollen. There was a towel and a rope found in a hotel room safe."

Hotel management refused to comment on the murder.

Rwanda's former army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who was also forced into exile, survived two assassination attempts in South Africa.

Rwanda vehemently denied involvement in the attacks.

Both Karegeya and Nyamwasa were prominent figures in the opposition party, despite not holding specific posts.