SADC Facilitator Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa met exiled Lesotho opposition political leaders

SADC Facilitator, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa today Friday 4 November 2016 met with the three exiled leaders of Lesotho opposition political parties in Pretoria.

The meeting was attended by Lesotho opposition political leaders in exile, Former Prime Minister Dr.Tom Thabane, Mr.Theselle Maseribane leader of the Basotho National Party, Ms. Keketso Rantsho leader of the Reformed Congress of Lesotho who 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.

Deputy President 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.

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: The Presidency Republic of South Africa.

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