Ramaphosa’s role needs redefinition
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.