Lesotho seeks special relationship with SA
PRIME Minister Pakalitha Mosisili has emphasised the need for Lesotho to have a “special relationship with south Africa” to ensure Basotho are not ill-treated when they cross into the economic giant.
the premier made the statement when addressing journalists in Maseru on Monday, noting the Lesothosouth Africa relationship needed modification and not be a one-size-fits-all the south Africans use on other neighbouring countries.
“We have established a special ministerial task-team that will be working on how we wish south African to relate to us. this is because among all of south Africa’s neighbours, we are special. And we cannot have one policy for all the neighbours; we can’t have a onesize-fits-all policy with other countries.
“that cannot be the case as we have a special relationship and this should consider the geographical location of our country in relation to south Africa, as Lesotho is completely surrounded by south Africa,” said the Democratic Congress (DC) leader.
Asked about Lesotho’s stance on xenophobic attacks which recently rocked south Africa, Dr Mosisili said the southern African Devel- opment Community (SADC), of which Lesotho is a part, had taken “a clear stance” and condemned the attacks on foreign nationals.
“President Jacob Zuma explained the attacks at a recent SADC summit held in harare, and the region accepted his explanation.
“SADC understood the challenge that the south African government is facing regarding the issue.”
For his part, home Affairs Minister Lekhetho Rakuoane said the deportation of undocumented migrants from south Africa was not anything new.
“It’s not new that Basotho are being deported in their hundreds from south Africa. We can’t blame xenophobia for all this.
“there is an operation underway in south Africa, which is resulting in these deportations, and targeting those who are in that country illegally.”
SCORES of Basotho have been deported from South Africa.