Ramaphosa’s role needs re­def­i­ni­tion

Lesotho Times - - Elections 2015 -

THE con­flict over the con­duct of South­ern African Devel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) fa­cil­i­ta­tor to Le­sotho, Deputy South African Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa, has not only brought to bear the chal­lenges of a frag­mented coali­tion gov­ern­ment but also how con­ve­nient popular ig­no­rance can be for po­lit­i­cal lead­ers.

In light of the dif­fer­ing views, the beg­ging ques­tion is whether Mr Ramaphosa should be re­lieved of his fa­cil­i­ta­tor role.

Is his man­date as the fa­cil­i­ta­tor and not the me­di­a­tor well com­pre­hended? Should his man­date be re­viewed or should the lead­ers be held accountable to their com­mit­ments?

This ar­ti­cle may not be able to re­spond ad­e­quately to all the ques­tions.

In fact, its in­ten­tion is not to fore­close the cur­rent de­bate on the is­sue but con­trib­ute to the de­bate that should not be pre­ma­turely con­cluded.

Fol­low­ing the SADC Sum­mit de­ci­sion in Vic­to­ria Falls, Zim­babwe to ac­knowl­edge the work done by the for­mer Namib­ian Pres­i­dent Hi­fikepunye Po­hamba in Le­sotho and to in­clude this King­dom among the coun­tries which needed help, the lead­ers of coali­tion gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho and South African Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, as the chair of SADC Troika of the Or­gan on De­fence, Pol­i­tics and Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion, had sev­eral meet­ings in Pre­to­ria.

The meet­ings did not only look at the dis­con­tent be­tween the two main coali­tion part­ners, and the sub­se­quent fall­out that threat­ened the col­lab­o­ra­tive gov­ern­ment, but is­sues of pro­ro­ga­tion of par­lia­ment.

They also delved into the con­spic­u­ously di­min­ish­ing trust be­tween the coali­tion par­ties while tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing lev­els of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the se­cu­rity agen­cies namely the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) and Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) on the other.

The cli­max of the lat­ter is­sue had been an attack by the army of the po­lice head­quar­ters and the sta­tions and the flee­ing out of the coun­try of Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane as well as coali­tion part­ner, Gen­der, Youth Sports and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Th­e­sele ‘Maserib­ane.

In their de­lib­er­a­tions at dif­fer­ent lev­els and var­i­ous meet­ings, the lead­ers agreed that the sit­u­a­tion in Le­sotho needs im­me­di­ate and closer at­ten­tion.

Re­sul­tantly, it was agreed that the coali-

SA Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa (cen­tre) has fa­cil­i­tated sev­eral agree­ments be­tween Le­sotho’s con­tend­ing lead­ers.

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