Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ and on Politics, Jacob Zuma, has expressed concern at the volatile political situation in neighbouring Lesotho. This comes in the wake of the flight of the three opposition leaders and the killing of Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF).
Following the disturbances, Zuma, who is also the President of South Africa, dispatched a Ministerial Organ Fact Finding Mission to the Kingdom of Lesotho, from last Friday to Monday, to assess the latest political and security developments in the country.
“After receiving the report of the Fact Finding Mission, President Zuma has become more concerned about the apparent explosive security situation in Lesotho,” read a statement on Tuesday.
In this regard, Zuma has decided to urgently dispatch Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the SADC Facilitator on Lesotho, to consult with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.
Further, President Zuma is sending a Special Envoy to the Chair of SADC, Robert Mugabe, to share his deep concerns about the security situation in Lesotho as contained in the Ministerial Fact Finding Mission.
Zuma has meanwhile reiterated the need for all stakeholders in Lesotho to resolve their political differences through legal and peaceful processes and further reiterated the pressing need to expedite the process of establishing institutional and security reforms, as recommended by the SADC Double Troika Summit held in Pretoria in February.
He conveyed his condolences and sympathy to the Mahao family, His Majesty King Letsie 111 and to the Government and people of Lesotho.
“President Zuma has reaffirmed the continued commitment of the Southern African Development Community to support the Government and the people of Lesotho to consolidate peace, security and stability in the Kingdom,” read a statement released from Pretoria, South Africa.