The subtle tensions between Masisi, Ramaphosa

Masisi, Ramaphosa: Diplomatic ties at the Head of State level between Botswana and South Africa are noticeably cooling
Masisi, Ramaphosa: Diplomatic ties at the Head of State level between Botswana and South Africa are noticeably cooling

Souring SACU relations, geopolitical misalignments, import bans and the Ian Khama dispute appear to be driving beneath-the-radar coldness between President Mokgweetsi Masisi and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa. Mmegi Staffer, TIMOTHY LEWANIKA writes on the nuanced tension between the two

Nobody expects two bold leaders to dance to “Gimme Hope Joana” in Pretoria or Gaborone together like two acquainted pals ready to enjoy a pint.

However, diplomatic ties at the Head of State level between Botswana and South Africa are noticeably cooling, too stiff for countries bound by so much together. Botswana and South Africa dually lie at the basal end of the long African coast stretching from Cape to Cairo, knitted together by strong economic ties and a rich cultural history.

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