Deputy President to brief SADC Troika on Lesotho

President Cyril Ramaphosa, Bosasa

Pretoria – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to present a report on his December visit to Lesotho to the SADC Extra-Ordinary Double Troika Summit, which kicks off in Gaborone this morning.

Deputy President Ramaphosa is the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator for Lesotho.

The visit by the Deputy President to Lesotho in December 2015 arose from a decision of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security held in Johannesburg last year, the Presidency said on Sunday.

Following the receipt of the report of the SADC Commission of Inquiry into the death of the late Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, the SADC Organ on Politics, defence and security was informed of a court challenge in Lesotho initiated by a Lesotho national against the SADC Commission of Inquiry.

The organ then decided that Deputy President Ramaphosa should urgently visit Lesotho to convey SADC’s concerns regarding the court challenge against the SADC Commission of inquiry to the government of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

President Jacob Zuma is also attending the summit, which is expected to consider the political and security situation in the SADC region, in his capacity as the outgoing Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

The SADC Extra-Ordinary Double Troika comprises Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.

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