SANCO March: Botswana Mum On AfriForum

The Botswana Embassy in Pretoria has accepted a memorandum from the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) but declined to comment.

SANCO marched to the embassy on Friday and delivered a memorandum that abhorred Botswana’s relationship with AfriForum.

Last year the government of Botswana appointed AfriForum to facilitate its request for mutual legal assistance.

Reacting to the move, Botswana lawyers said they were alarmed by their government’s “ill-advised” appointment of AfriForum’s Gerrie Nel to help pursue a case involving businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe.

AfriForum is a South African civil rights organisation focused mainly on the interests of Afrikaners, a subgroup of the country’s white population.

The lawyers warned Botswana’s choice of AfriForum as an ally could worsen relations with South Africa.

At the time, the vice-chairperson of the Law Society of Botswana, Mboki Chilisa, said: “We are all extremely disappointed by the appointment of AfriForum, given what AfriForum stands for”. 

On Friday SANCO delivered a scathing attack on the Botswana government over its collaboration with AfriForum.

Officials at the embassy, which was guarded by an unusually high number of policemen, received the memorandum outside the gates and declined to comment.

Last month, long discredited money laundering allegations against Bridgette Motsepe were finally found to be baseless by Botswana’s courts.

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