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A SOUTH African woman spent two days in a Botswana prison after she and three friends remarked that that country's president, Ian Khama, looked like a Bushman.
But ANCYL leader Julius Malema showed that his influence reached beyond our borders by intervening.
Lorraine Pule, Dorsey Dube, Tshegofatso Schalk and Amanda Oosthuizen were arrested at the border gate as they were about to leave for Johannesburg on Sunday morning.
Dube, 27, told Sowetan: "We were looking at the president's portrait at the border office when one of my friends said he looked like a Bushman. An official overheard this and started interrogating us. I innocently repeated what my friend said. I was taken to another office where I was accused of insulting their president."
She said she was taken to Lobatse police station where she was made to write the same statement four times.
The interrogation lasted until 11am while her three friends were held outside.
"I was kept in a cell and woken up at 5am to be subjected to more questioning," she said.
"The officers said I had committed some common nuisance. The charge later changed to ignoring the law. Eventually they said I was charged with insults relating to Botswana."
The news reached Malcolm X who phoned Malema, who was in the US.
"Malema told politicians in Botswana to treat our people with respect," said a source.
Malema said: "I phoned our comrades in Botswana so they could engage their police. I expressed my disappointment at the arrests."
Sowetan is in possession of a document showing that Dube was fined P100 before her release on Monday. This was despite the public prosecutor saying there was no case, she said.