Le­sotho, SA sign cross-bor­der agree­ment

Lesotho Times - - News - Retha­bile Pitso

BLOEM­FONTEIN — So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo and his South African coun­ter­part, Batha­bile Dlamini, yes­ter­day signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) to en­hance cross-bor­der co­op­er­a­tion on the move­ment of vul­ner­a­ble groups.

The MOU, which was inked at the Free State Leg­is­la­ture in Bloem­fontein, is meant to stem the traf­fick­ing of chil­dren, women and other vul­ner­a­ble groups.

The fi­nal agree­ment will be signed at a later stage af­ter align­ing it with the two coun­tries’ laws.

Among the dig­ni­taries in at­ten­dance dur­ing the cer­e­mony was Bloem­fontein Mem­ber of Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil for So­cial De­vel­op­ment Sisi Ntombela and Free State Leg­is­la­ture Speaker Mamiki Qa­bathe. Mr Let­lotlo said the newly-forged re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries was meant to im­prove the lives of vul­ner­a­ble groups who had borne the brunt of un­co­or­di­nated cross-bor­der laws.

“In try­ing to of­fer qual­ity ser­vices to vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of so­ci­ety, we have con­cluded this agree­ment which will af­ford us the op­por­tu­nity to mea­sure our goals,” he said.

“We are in agree­ment that our coun­tries are faced with a huge chal­lenge on a va­ri­ety of is­sues af­fect­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren. This calls for con­stant con­sul­ta­tions to ex­change and re­view pro­grammes as we strive to bet­ter their so­cioe­co­nomic sta­tus.”

Mr Let­lotlo added: “The oc­ca­sion of the sign­ing of the MOU marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the long his­tory of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our two sis­ter coun­tries.

“The King­dom of Le­sotho and the Re­pub­lic of South Africa share bor­ders, cul­ture and most im­por­tantly many Ba­sotho work and re­side in South Africa hence there are some shared re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­tween the two coun­tries.

“This im­por­tant doc­u­ment is a cru­cial in­stru­ment that ren­ders guid­ance to­wards ef­fec­tive care and sup­port to our vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.”

SO­CIAL De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Mo­lahlehi Let­lotlo (left) and his South African coun­ter­part Batha­bile Dlamini (right) at yes­ter­day’s sign­ing cer­e­mony.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.