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Newsline: ‘Ambassador hijackers’ in SA court

Two men who allegedly hijackedBotswana’s ambassador to the US in the North Westappear in court on Monday, the SABC reported. Tebelelo Seretse was hijacked in September 2009 on the N4 between Rustenburg and Swartruggens, allegedly by two men, aged 24 and 31, calling themselves Nelson Mandela and Robert Mugabe. The men were driving in vehicles with blue lights and wearing camouflage uniforms. They held Seretse at gunpoint and the car. Police arrested them near Lenasia South, in Gauteng. They are expected to appear before the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday



Newsline: Botswana recalls Harare embassy staff

Botswana has escalated a diplomatic row over the three rangers arrested for entering Zimbabwe illegally by recalling some of its diplomats and requesting that Harare makes a like-for-like withdrawal of staff at its Gaborone embassy. Botswana said it would recall its defence and intelligence attaches by the end of the month and asked that Harare withdraw its defence and central intelligence organisation personnel from its Gaborone embassy by the same date. “The position of the Government of Botswana is that these two posts should be frozen and never to be filled,” the Botswana government said in statement.