Rushyashya, a pro-government Rwandan website run by the nation’s military intelligence staff, called international relationship Lindiwe Sisulu a “prostitute”, in the midst of a diplomatic breakdown following her choice to meet with a previous Rwandan armed force chief who has been banished and is critical of current president Paul Kagame.
She as of late uncovered at a question and answer session that she had met with General Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in Johannesburg, expressing that she was “pleasantly surprised” to discover him negotiating a reconciliation deal his previous government.
Nyamwasa has been exiled in South Africa since 2010, where he has established a Rwandan opposition party.
Sisulu was referred to as “Mr Nyamwasa’s prostitute” in the headline of a story on Rushyashya.
She was also criticised on Twitter by Rwandan deputy foreign minister Olivier Nduhungirehe, although she was not named in the tweet.
Nduhungirehe said South Africa is free to negotiate with a “convicted criminal” who is “leading a subversive movement”, but must not involve Rwanda in this “negotiation”.
If any SA official wishes to negotiate w/ a convicted criminal hiding in #SouthAfrica & leading a subversive movement operating in our region, he/she is free to do so, on his/her own & for him/herself. But he/she should never think about involving #Rwanda into this "negotiation". https://t.co/YNS0IaYWKN
— Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe (@onduhungirehe) November 16, 2018
The incident has caused a breakdown in relations between South Africa and Rwanda. These relations have only recently begun the process of becoming normalised, following diplomatic tension between the two countries dating back to 2010.
The breakdown in relations was reported as a result of Rwandan fugitives using South Africa as their base for subversive operations.
Things deteriorated to the point that in 2014, diplomats were expelled from both countries by the other. Since then, though, the two countries have undertaken to mend fences, with Rwanda’s minister of foreign affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, saying in June 2016 that the relationship between the countries was “unquestionably normalising”.
Sisulu’s meeting with General Nyamwasa has, it seems, set us back to 2010, leading to the suspension of the normalisation process.
The foreign minister stated that the insults directed towards her are “unacceptable” and “must stop”.