Deputy President meets with Lesotho leaders

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has met with the three exiled leaders of Lesotho’s opposition political parties.

He met the leaders in Pretoria in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator.

The Presidency said the meeting was attended by Former Prime Minister Dr. Tom Thabane, leader of the Basotho National Party Theselle Maseribane and the leader of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho Keketso Rantsho. They were joined in the meeting by leaders of the opposition parties based in Lesotho.

“The Facilitator briefed the opposition political leaders on deliberations and outcomes of the 36th Ordinary SADC Summit held in Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland in August 2016 regarding regional efforts to assist the people of Lesotho to consolidate peace and stability,” the Presidency said.

Deputy President Ramaphosa highlighted the SADC Summit decisions on the constitutional and security sector reform processes, efforts to facilitate the return of exiled political leaders and the deployment of the Oversight Committee.

“In this regard, Deputy President Ramaphosa will soon pay a working visit to the Kingdom of Lesotho to introduce members of the Oversight Committee to all relevant stakeholders in the country.

“The Oversight Committee, working in consultation with the Facilitator, will serve as an early-warning mechanism and assist the government of Lesotho with respect to constitutional and security sector reform,” the Presidency said.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will also utilise the working visit to Lesotho to review progress regarding implementation of SADC decisions on the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry and the Facilitator’s recommendations on the constitutional and security reform process.

Source: South African Government News Agency.

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