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Botswana Has Denied Entry to the South African President's Sister-in-Law

Botswana's media speculate that Bridgette Radebe meddled in the country's political affairs and elections.

Ordinarily, South Africans do not require a visa to travel to Botswana, a neighboring country. However, the wife to South African Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe and sister-in-law to President Cyril Ramaphosa, was instructed by the Botswana government to obtain a visa according to the SowetanLIVE.

Although an official reason was not given for barring her from entering the country without a visa, the local media believe it is because Bridgette Radebe meddled in the political affairs of the country.


It is alleged that Radebe interfered in the recent election in an attempt to remove President Mokgweetsi Masisi of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and have him replaced by Botswana's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi.

In what was allegedly seen as an elaborate plot to smuggle money into the country in order to finance Venson-Moitoi's election campaign, one can hardly blame Botswana's government for wanting to at least restrict Radebe from coming and going as she pleases.

Whilst she and her brother have released no official statements as yet, News24 reported that President Ramaphosa has since sent the Minister of International Relations, Lindiwe Sisulu, to Botswana in order to investigate whether his sister-in-law did in fact meddle in the country's affairs as well as to repair relations with President Masisi.

With only a few weeks left before South Africa's own national elections, President Ramaphosa cannot afford any further scandals that rock the country and comprise the ruling African National Congress's (ANC) chances of being victorious.

READ: South African Youth on 2019 Elections: "The ANC can no longer self-correct"

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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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