President to meet Lesotho mediation talks team

Friday, July 20, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today meet with the Kingdom of Lesotho mediation facilitation team as political national dialogue and reform processes of the state of that country continue. 

The Kingdom of Lesotho South African Development Community (SADC) Mediation Facilitation team, led by former Deputy Chief Justice Judge Dikgang Moseneke, will meet the President at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu residence in Tshwane this afternoon. 

The meeting comes after the SADC Double Troika, held on 24 April 2018 in Luanda, Angola, agreed that President Ramaphosa should continue to facilitate the political national dialogue and reform processes in Lesotho.

“His facilitation produced a report with key recommendations (constitutional, security sector, judiciary, and public service and media reforms), which the government and people of Lesotho have committed themselves to undertake as they attempt to resolve their political and security challenges,” said Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko in a statement. 

President Ramaphosa’s report was endorsed by SADC and the government of Lesotho was then urged to develop a roadmap on the required reforms, which they have duly done. 

The Luanda Double Troika Summit endorsed the Lesotho Roadmap for reforms and urged the government of Lesotho to prioritise the constitutional and security sector reforms, which must be completed by May 2019.

Moseneke was recently appointed by President Ramaphosa as the leader of the mediation team, following a recommendation by the SADC Double Troika for high level personalities to support him in the process.

The mediation team consists of three Deputy Ministers, namely, Mohamed Enver Surty of Basic Education, Makgabo Regina Mhaule of International Relations and Cooperation and Ellen Molekane of State Security. –