Ramaphosa in Lesotho

2014-10-22 20:57
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the summit in Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the summit in Soweto. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in Maseru, Lesotho on Wednesday to facilitate the country's return to political normalcy, his office said.

Spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said Ramaphosa was expected to continue to pursue consultations with political role players, which would include paying a visit to His Majesty King Letsie III.

He said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional facilitation efforts had yielded positive results with the reconvening of parliament by His Majesty King Letsie III which took place on 17 October in Maseru.

"This arose from the signing of the Maseru Facilitation Declaration facilitated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and members of the SADC observer mission to Lesotho."

The declaration further provided for parliament to discuss the budget and any other related matter to the general elections scheduled for February 2015 on a date to be set by His Majesty King Letsie III as well as the dissolution of parliament in December.

He said Ramaphosa was supported by a team of SADC experts and members of the secretariat led by the deputy executive secretary, Thabang Mhlongo.

The team comprises officials from the member-states of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Officials from other member-states were expected to join them.

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