Sisulu apologises to Lesotho King Letsie III over border drama

2018-04-07 11:19
King Letsie III (File: AFP)

King Letsie III (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has paid a courtesy call to the King of Lesotho, His Majesty King Letsie III to discuss, among other things, the challenges at the Maseru Bridge, a border between South Africa and Lesotho.

According to reports, senior government officials who included Sisulu and home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba had to intervene last month to quell a diplomatic spat with the neighbouring Kingdom after King Letsie III was "mistreated" at the border gate. 

In a statement on Friday, the minister personally apologised to the King for what Dirco described as an "unfortunate and regrettable incident" at the two sister countries border in March.  

In her meeting with His Majesty the King, the minister of international relations conveyed the message that the government was working on increasing capacity at the border post.

She said that the government was also working towards finding a permanent solution which was aimed at making travel movements of the King and people travelling between the two countries less complicated. 

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news from around the continent by subscribing to our FREE newsletter, Hello Africa.

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook. 

"We have come here to convey our apology to His Majesty the King, the Lesotho prime minister and to the entire Basotho nation for the inconvenience caused and also to explain to the King what we intend and are committed to do. We are happy that our apology has been accepted," said Sisulu.

Sisulu's apology to the mountainous kingdom monarch comes less than a week after another high level South African team visited the border gate following the dispute.

According to SABC, the home affairs minister was in Lesotho before Easter, meeting his Lesotho counterpart to find a lasting solution to the border crisis.

"Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Gigaba will not be alone in solving these challenges. We are all including the Free State Government fully committed to urgently attend to matters of migration between the two countries. The Basotho did not discriminate against us during our struggle for freedom, we are effectively one people", added Sisulu.

Sisulu has also paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister Tom Thabane who conveyed his condolences on behalf of the Lesotho government to the people of South Africa as they mourn the loss of struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Read more on:    king letsie iii  |  lindiwe sisulu  |  tom thabane  |  lesotho  |  sa  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.