Ramaphosa to meet high level Lesotho mediation team

President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)
President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Leon Sadiki, City Press)

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator to Lesotho, is expected to meet with a high level mediation team at his official home in Pretoria on Friday.

The SADC mediation facilitation team would be led by former deputy chief justice, Judge Dikgang Moseneke, who was appointed by Ramaphosa early this year following an endorsement by the SADC Double Troika in Luanda, Angola.

The SADC Double Troika recommended that Ramaphosa appoints high level personalities to support him as regional mediator in the mountain kingdom.

The other mediation team members are three deputy ministers, Mohamed Enver Surty of Basic Education, Makgabo Regina Mhaule of International Relations and Cooperation and Ellen Molekane of State Security.

Speaking at the SADC Troika Heads of State and Government summit in April, Ramaphosa expressed satisfaction that peace and security were being consolidated in the southern African country.

Notable progress

News24 quoted Ramaphosa at the time as saying that said some notable progress had been noted in Lesotho since the last summit.

"In relation to Lesotho, the summit was able to consider the reports that have come through and also look at the progress that has been made since the last summit… There has been progress in the sense that the situation in Lesotho has stabilised. Lesotho is now working on reforms that were decided on by previous summits," said Ramaphosa.

Lesotho plunged into a political crisis following a failed coup attempt in 2014, prompting regional intervention. 

In March last year, the mountain kingdom again faced a fresh crisis after parliament passed a vote of no confidence on ex- prime minister Pakalithi Mosisili, said an AFP report. 

This consequently paved way for a fresh vote that saw the country’s Prime Minister Tom Thabane winning 48 out of 120 parliamentary seats 2 months later. 

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