Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Lesotho


According to the Presidency, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the SADC Facilitator in the Lesotho crisis, arrived in that country this morning to continue with his facilitation efforts on behalf of SADC to assist in bringing the country back to constitutional normalcy.

 “The visit comes in the context of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Double Troika mandate for Deputy President Ramaphosa to help create dialogue among all Lesotho’s political and other role players with a view to addressing their current political and security challenges,” the Presidency said in a statement.

 The Facilitator is supported in these efforts by SADC Deputy Executive Secretary Dr Themba Mhlongo who is leading the regional body’s team of experts and members of the Secretariat including Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.

 “During the last two visits undertaken by the Facilitator, Deputy President Ramaphosa paid courtesy calls and briefed His Majesty King Letsie III, met with members of the Coalition Political Parties including Prime Minister Tom Thabane, main and small opposition parties, the IEC, the Council of Churches, the College of Chiefs as well members of the NGO sector,” the Presidency.

Deputy President Ramaphosa will return to South Africa on Wednesday.

Photo caption: SEEKING SOLUTIONS... Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.