Former South African Deputy Chief Justice Judge Dikgang Moseneke is optimistic appropriate solutions will be found for the political and security challenges facing landlocked Lesotho.
He was earlier this year named by President Cyril Ramaphosa as leader of the Lesotho mediation facilitation team. This follows a Southern African Development Community (SADC) recommendation for “high level personalities to support him” according to SAnews.
Also in the mediation team are deputy ministers Mohamed Enver Surty (Basic Education), Makgabo Regina Mhaule (International Relations and Co-operation) and Ellen Molekane (State Security).
An SADC Double Trioka in April in Luanda agreed Ramaphosa should continue facilitating the national political dialogue and reform processes in Lesotho seeing he was named SACD facilitator by the regional bloc’s heads of state and government. This came into effect after political problems turned violent in the mountain kingdom four years ago. At that time Ramaphosa was South Africa’s deputy president.
“I think we should continue to seek appropriate solutions. I’m making no promises at this stage, but we have to find peace and stability, proper governance and hopefully Constitutional changes the Basotho themselves will want to see happening,” Moseneke said at a meeting with the Lesotho mediation facilitation team In Pretoria.
According to the government news agency the team has come up with active plans and Lesotho leadership is said to be welcoming of Moseneke’s appointment.
The former Deputy Chief Justice will pay a courtesy call to the Lesotho King this week. He also plans to call on the Prime Minister, Cabinet and national security structure as well as SADC structures deployed in Lesotho, including SAPMIL (SADC Police and Military Operation in Lesotho).
“I’m going out to try and find peace in the Kingdom, to try and facilitate Constitutional amendments and return to normality at the behest and request of SADC. Our President (Ramaphosa) being the one who plays the role, I’m acting in his place instead, to try and achieve those outcomes in relation to Lesotho,” Moseneke said.
He emphasised facilitation team members are only facilitators and nothing more.
“We are not replacing any of the authority of the people of Lesotho, we are going to try and help. SADC Heads of State believe I can make a difference,” he said.