Govt breaks silence on Rwandan spy death

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster promised to find Karageya’s killers.

The Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, where former Rwandan spy boss Patrick Karegeya was killed. Picture: Supplied.

PRETORIA - Government on Thursday broke its silence on the murder of former Rwandan spy boss Colonel Patrick Karegeya.

The refugee was killed in his room at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton on New Year's Day.

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster released a statement on Thursday promising to find Karageya's killers.

"No stone will be left unturned in tracking and bringing to justice those involved in this criminal act," the statement read.

The document, signed by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe in his capacity as chair of the justice cluster, noted Karegeya had been a refugee from Rwanda since 2007.

"The initial forensic investigations by the South African Police Service indicate that there were signs of a scuffle and a bloody curtain cord and towel, which were in a safe in his room," the statement explained.

Radebe called on the relevant officials to expedite their investigation into the incident, saying the consequences for those responsible must be strong enough to deter future cases.

"Government condemns this incident in the strongest terms".

The former director of the Rwandan External Intelligence Service fled to South Africa seven years ago after being sacked by Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

The opposition Rwanda National Congress (RNC) insists Karegeya was murdered by Kagame's agents.

Former Rwandan army chief Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa echoed the claim, saying it's the policy of Rwanda's government to kill Kagame's opponents.

Nyamwasa, who's also living in exile in South Africa, survived two assassination attempts.

Karegeya was a prominent figure in the opposition party, despite not holding a specific post.

Rwanda has vehemently denied involvement in the attacks.