Radebe: SA, Rwanda relations intact

In a tit-for-tat move, Rwanda expelled six South African diplomats.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa will not allow itself to be used as a springboard for illegal activities, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe warned on Wednesday.

He was responding to questions in Parliament about South Africa's expulsion of three Rwandan diplomats and a Burundian envoy last week.

"We are a constitutional democracy and any individual or group who abuse our human rights dispensation will face the full might of the law."

The move came after a raid on former Rwandan army chief general Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa's home.

In a tit-for-tat move, Rwanda expelled six South African diplomats, accusing Pretoria of harbouring dissidents responsible for terror attacks.

But Radebe insists relations between Pretoria and Kigali are unaffected.

"I think the first point to be made is that there are good diplomatic relations between South Africa and Rwanda. Those still remain intact."

At the beginning of this year, former Rwandan external intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya was found strangled at the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, north of Johannesburg.