Ramaphosa’s second Lesotho visit

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REFILWE MEKOA

South African Deputy President and Southern African Development Community facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa returned to Maseru, capital city of Lesotho, on Monday to help restore peace, stability and democracy in the country.

Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Ronnie Mamoepa said he will be supported by a team of SADC Troika member state experts and secretariat, led by the Deputy Executive Secretary Themba Mhlongo. He stated that Ramaphosa will continue meet with all political and other role players in Lesotho on Monday and Tuesday to help create a conducive climate for the people of the Lesotho Kingdom.

“Ramaphosa’s visit is to see if he cannot resolve Lesotho’s political challenges in accordance with the constitution, laws of the land and in line with democratic principles.
What is critical in this regard is the urgent need to address all political and security challenges in preparation for the brought-forward elections, the reopening of parliament, stabilisation of the security situation, thus helping the Kingdom of Lesotho return to constitutional normalcy,” said Mamoepa.

Mamoepa explained that since Ramaphosa’s appointment by the SADC Double Troika of Heads of State and Government, he paid his first visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho on Thursday 18 September this year.

He said during Ramaphosa’s first visit, he paid a courtesy call on his Majesty King Letsie III, held meetings with leaders of the Coalition Government led by Prime Minister Tom Thabane and met with the main and small opposition political parties, as well as the College of Chiefs.