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South Africa strongly condemns murder of ex-Rwanda official

By Crystal van Vyk
Posted on Friday, 10 January 2014 16:44

Karegyeya, a refugee since 2007, was found dead in his hotel room at a rich South African neighbourhood New Year’s Day.

Incidences such as this must have the requisite consequences to deter future would-be wrong doers

Justice minister, Jeff Radebe and also head of the powerful Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster said the government was “saddened’ by Karegyeya’s death.

“The initial forensic investigations by the South African Police Service indicate that there were signs of a scuffle and a bloody curtain cord and towel which were in a safe in his room,” he said in a statement.

Radebe said the government had urged the responsible officials to expedite the investigation and bring those responsible to account.

“Incidences such as this must have the requisite consequences to deter future would-be wrong doers and should not be tolerated under any circumstances,” he said.

Karegyeya was part of the Rwandan Patriotic Front soldiers who invaded Rwanda in 1990 and was a close ally of President Paul Kagame before he fled the country.

Kagame placed him under house arrest and also stripped him of his military rank of colonel before he escaped to South Africa.

According to Ugandan media reports, in 2010, Karegyeya described Kagame as a dictator and called for war against his regime

Meanwhile, Karegyeya’s widow said her late husband would be buried in South Africa but a date is yet to be announced.

The family had wanted Karegyeya to be buried in Uganda where he was born.

The Ugandans denied the request. South Africa’s elite crime fighting unit the Hawks has been tightlipped about the investigation.

However, the unit dispelled rumours that three people were arrested in Mozambique in connection with the murder.

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