President of Rwanda Paul Kagame has officially written to South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Coperation (DIRCO) saying he is no longer attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa meeting being held in Cape Town.
Kagame joins the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria and Malawi who have also withdrawn their participation as well, citing the recent violence and the looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals especially in Gauteng.
But The World Economic Forum (WEF) says it is unable to confirm that several African leaders are boycotting its meeting in Cape Town over recent violent protests and attacks on foreign nationals.
The World Economic Forum’s Elsie Kanza said she was surprised to hear about reports of boycotting.
“One of the leaders – Rwanda – unfortunately had to cancel his participation last week, before the very unfortunate events [violent protests].
“The World Economic Forum and the South African government teams have been following up on the delegations from the DRC and Malawi, because while they indicated that they would be participating they never completed their registration.”