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In a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC, the presidency in South Africa said: “The Presidency wishes to draw attention to a false report by online news service, Daily Maverick, which has distorted the purpose of a planned visit to Botswana today, Tuesday, 30 June 2020, by Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo.
“Minister Dlodlo was scheduled to meet with His Excellency President Mokgweetsi Masisi in Gaborone today in her capacity as a Special Envoy deployed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to engage on matters related to the Southern African Customs Union. The meeting has since been postponed due to scheduling challenges.
“Regrettably, Daily Maverick alleges today’s visit by the Special Envoy was to centre on developments between the Botswana government and South African businesswoman Ms Bridgette Radebe.
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“This is completely false, as President Ramaphosa has clearly mandated the Minister of State Security to engage on matters related to the Southern African Customs Union.
“In any event, Special Envoys are never deployed to deliver rebukes to governments with whom South Africa engages on any matter, as South Africa maintains the highest level of respect and decorum in all diplomatic engagements.”