SA, Rwanda expel each other’s diplomats

The move is linked to attacks by Rwandan govt agents on Rwandans granted political asylum in SA.

This move is linked to attacks by Rwandan government agents on Rwandans granted political asylum in SA. Picture: Sxc.hu.

JOHANNESBURG - There's likely to be widespread political and economic consequence after South Africa and Rwanda expelled each other's diplomats.

The steps the two countries have taken is the strongest sanction any country can take short of declaring war.

South Africa's reasons for expelling the Rwandan diplomats from Pretoria will be spelled out in a statement today.

The drastic action is clearly related to attacks in Johannesburg by Rwandan government agents on former friends of President Paul Kagame, who fled after falling out with him and been given political asylum in South Africa.

Patrick Karegeya, Kagame's former intelligence chief, was killed.

Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, his former army head, was badly wounded four years ago and then targeted again this week.

South Africa's anger at these attacks can be measured by the fact that it has taken such a dramatic step against a fellow African member of the Common Wealth.