Lesotho crisis: Opposition hopes Ramaphosa can help

2014-09-23 14:02
Lesotho PM Tom Thabane (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Lesotho PM Tom Thabane (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Cape Town - Lesotho's main opposition, the Democratic Congress, has reportedly said all matters, including security issues, can be dealt with only after the kingdom nation’s parliament reconvenes.

According to The New Age, the Democratic Congress urged facilitator, South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, to "press as hard as possible to get the Lesotho government to reconvene parliament", saying this was the only way to deal with other matters that have brought the country to stagnation.

The Democratic Congress dismissed Prime Minister Tom Thabane's security fears, saying he had elevated security matters to a level that they did not deserve.

On 30 August, an attempted coup by renegade general Tlali Kamoli saw the military assault several police stations prompting the prime minister to flee the country and find refuge in South Africa.

Political stalemate

Thabane has since returned and protected by South African guards following a SADC intervention.

Thabane recently told the media that the security situation in Lesotho remained volatile and that parliament couldn't reconvene under the current environment.

Meanwhile, SABC reports that Ramaphosa is making progress in his peace mission in Lesotho. Ramaphosa, who left SA for Lesotho on Monday, was expected to spend a second day locked in meetings with various groups in Maseru in an effort to break the political stalemate in that country, the report said.

Ramaphosa says he is encouraged by the progress of talks with Lesotho's leaders following the first day of his mediation efforts.

Ramaphosa is being assisted in his efforts by officials from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Read more on:    cyril ramaphosa  |  tom thabane  |  lesotho  |  southern africa

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