Gerrie Nel to represent Botswana in the ‘Butterfly’ case

Sharon Mathala

Nicknamed the ‘Bulldog’ of the courtroom, South African Advocate Gerrie Nel will represent Botswana in the ongoing Billion Pula case dubbed the ‘Butterfly’ case.

The advocate made this announcement this morning in South Africa. “

According to a statement from Afriforum “This follows after Motsepe-Radebe was identified as a co-signatory of at least two bank accounts holding some of the more than $10 billion (R150 billion) allegedly stolen from the Botswana government to finance a “coup” before the national election in this country.”

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The statement further reads in part , “There are also accusations against Motsepe-Radebe that she laundered millions of Botswana Pulas through Avante Security Services to sponsor the opposition candidate of Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of Botswana.”

For his part the Advocate said “The fact that DIRCO (Department of International Relations and Cooperation) failed to give any feedback to the DPP of Botswana over nine months indicates that the South African government is unwilling to assist our client with their request. We will intervene and ensure that our client receives the necessary cooperation from the South African government to ensure that justice prevails.”

The butterfly case remains one of the most controversial money laundering case before the Botswana courts.

The suspended former spy- Welhelmina Mphoeng Maswabi, who was controversially arrested last year, faces serious charges of financing terrorism by allegedly moving money around linked to former spy chief, Isaac Kgosi.

She is also accused of having the sum of $390m (about P4.2billion) in her personal bank accounts and having five different passports she allegedly used to travel around the world, of which one is a diplomatic passport.

Butterfly is expected to appear before court in August.

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