Lesotho Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister Mohlabi Tsekoa has summoned the South African high commissioner to his office, to register it’s concern of the prevailing situation at their common border posts, where cross border movement has been severely disrupted, virtually coming to a standstill.
A press statement from the ministry issued earlier this week said the crisis started last weekend, when long queues at the border posts prevented Basotho to cross into neighbouring South Africa.
Lesotho is completely surrounded by South African territory.
It was during this time that Lesotho citizens at the border were told by the South African Immigration officers that the six months border concession has been unilaterally withdrawn by the South African side.
The press release said the withdrawn measures were implemented without consultation with Lesotho, and Minister Tsekoa has also written a letter to his South African counterpart, Maite Nkoana-Mashabana, communicating similar concern.
He also requested the South African government to work with the government of Lesotho to find ways to facilitate freer movement of goods and people between the two countries.
Minister Tsekoa added that it was the fervent hope of the government of Lesotho that the FIFA World Cup of which all are proud of and happy to support, would be able to proceed smoothly without causing so much suffering to the people of Lesotho.
The concern has worsened the already tarnished image of Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili in the capital Maseru, where he is not popular.
Pic: Lesotho, South Africa border