The bluelight cavalcade of North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo caused an international incident on Wednesday when it reportedly ran the motorcade carrying Botswana President Ian Khama off the road.
The incident was confirmed by Botswana's Deputy Permanent Secretary for Media at the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, Jeff Ramsay.
"There was indeed an incident that took place in the afternoon of Wednesday in which a convoy carrying the South African North West province’s Premier Supra Mahumapelo back to South Africa resulted in vehicles escorting H.E. the President Lieutenant-General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, among others, to move off the road," Ramsay confirmed in a statement.
He added that the Botswana leader's life was not in any danger during the incident.
"His Excellency the President's life was not under any threat during the incident," he said.
Ramsay said that the Botswana government had expressed its concern about the incident to the South African government through the proper channels.
"Government expressed its concern to the government of the Republic of South Africa about the unfortunate incident through the appropriate diplomatic channels. The matter is being resolved in an amicable matter," he said.
Spokesperson for Mahumapelo, Brian Setswambung, however, denied that the premier knew that his convoy had forced the Botswana President's convoy from the road.
"There was no such thing," Setswambung told News24.
Setswambung confirmed that the North West Premier was in Botswana, attending the Global Expo Botswana 2017 Trade Exhibition.
The incident reportedly occurred as he was returning home from the expo.