President Cyril Ramaphosa is in Lesotho’s capital Maseru to preside over the signing of a memorandum of understanding between stakeholders involved in the country’s reform process.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in the Kingdom of Lesotho for a Working Visit. SA & Lesotho enjoy strong and cordial relations which are predicated on a shared history, shared language and close geographical proximity #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/Eal3GvZede
— Khusela Diko🇿🇦 (@KhuselaS) July 4, 2019
He is joined by his envoy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who has been in the country since start of the week. The president has been SADC’s facilitator for Lesotho since 2015.
— South African Government (@GovernmentZA) July 4, 2019
Ramaphosa, through his spokesperson Khusela Diko, earlier said he was concerned about the deteriorating situation in Lesotho.
“The president is concerned and South Africa is not downplaying the challenges in Lesotho. There have been a number of difficulties and our role as South Africa and SADC is to continue to support them to find own solutions to their challenges,”” said Diko.
“This meeting comes before he departs for SADC summit in Tanzania where he will give a full update on Lesotho to heads of state on the situation in Lesotho.”
The MOU signing is intended to take power from Prime Minister Tom Thabane and put it in parliament, while Thabane deals with a slipt in his party.
Ramaphosa has also paid a courtesy call on the country’s King Letsie III.
Ramaphosa headed to Lesotho and they don't feel him that side.
— Solitudinarian (@OdirileSOuL) July 4, 2019
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.