Moseneke named SADC Lesotho mediation team leader


Former South African Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke is set to lead the mediation team of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitation in Lesotho.

Moseneke’s appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa will assist the South African President as he continues to facilitate the political national dialogue and reform processes in Lesotho.
“I take this opportunity to thank Justice Moseneke for availing himself to support us in this important mandate as we continue to assist Lesotho in the search for a lasting and sustainable solution to political and security challenges,” Ramaphosa said.

The decision is in line with the resolution taken at the SADC Double Troika Summit, held on April 24 this year in Luanda, where it was decided that Ramaphosa should continue with the facilitation and recommended he appoint high level personalities to support him.

In this regard, Ramaphosa appointed Justice Moseneke as leader of the mediation team. The team consists of three Deputy Ministers, Mohamed Enver Surty of Basic Education, Makgabo Regina Mhaule of International Relations and Co-operation and Ellen Molekane of State Security.

In September 2014, President Ramaphosa was appointed by the SADC Heads of State and Government as SADC facilitator in Lesotho, following the country’s security and political challenges.

His facilitation produced a report with key recommendations on constitutional, security sector, judiciary, public service and media reform issues, which the Lesotho government committed to undertake to resolve political and security challenges.

The report was endorsed by SADC and Lesotho was then urged to develop a roadmap for the required reforms, now done.

The Luanda Double Troika Summit endorsed the Lesotho roadmap for reforms and urged the Lesotho government to prioritise constitutional and security sector reforms, which should be completed by May next year.