Le­sotho doesn’t need a TRC

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Th­ese peo­ple there­fore went un­der­ground and abroad to lodge in­ternecine armed strug­gle against apartheid.

Their ef­forts were sup­ported ma­te­ri­ally and morally by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. How­ever, in Le­sotho by con­trast, no cit­i­zens have tak­enup arms against the state or its in­sti­tu­tions. All cit­i­zens that are against the politi­cians of the state and its in­sti­tu­tions are still within the ge­o­graph­i­cal bor­ders of Le­sotho bar­ring those hun­dreds that have been forced, to flee Le­sotho, so they in­form the world and their sup­port­ers, by the in­sti­tu­tions of the state. How­ever, they have not taken up arms against the state, South Africa was by con­trast was a na­tion that was at war with it­self.

Pro­po­nents of a TRC for Le­sotho bet­ter be warned that this well-mean­ing ini­tia­tive by other coun­tries that gen­er­ally had se­ri­ous far-reach­ing prob­lems was not used as a ve­hi­cle to shield un­re­pen­tant per­pe­tra­tors of gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions and crimes against hu­man­ity against pros­e­cu­tion but was used as an in­ter­ven­tion to not only to pla­cate and com­pen­sate the vic­tims not to de­feat the ends of jus­tice. If the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors of crime in Le­sotho are af­forded the TRC op­tion this coun­try will for­ever wal­low in the evil sea of law­less­ness by cal­lous peo­ple who know that they will es­cape the puni­tive sanc­tion of the law by hid­ing be­hind the TRC- type in­sti­tu­tion.

This will in ad­di­tion be un­ac­cept­able, will give bad prece­dence to would-be vi­o­la­tors of the law. They will for­ever en­gage in heinous acts and vi­o­la­tions of the law know­ing that their panacea to their cal­lous deeds will be the Trc-type in­ter­ven­tion. This coun­try can­not af­ford it when evil peo­ple vi­o­late the law and ride roughshod over oth­ers, maim and kill them and fi­nally defy le­git­i­mate court or­ders only to seek refuge in this no­ble in­ter­ven­tion of the Trc-type in­ter­ven­tion.

It is a sacro­sanct un­der­ly­ing prin­ci­ple of ev­ery mod­ern pro­gres­sive democ­racy that the law must be al­lowed to take its course. Why should Le­sotho be an ex­cep­tion? It is ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able and disin­gen­u­ous. We can­not af­ford to sweep our dirt un­der the car­pet else our col­lec­tive evil past will rear its ugly head again with dis­as­trous con­se­quences.

How­ever it should not be for­got­ten that all these ar­gu­ments are ad­vanced in the face of the ve­he­ment re­fusal to re­ceive the re­port by the Le­sotho gov­ern­ment ar­gu­ing that there is a court case pend­ing against it which how­ever, strangely gov­ern­ment did not even bother to op­pose de­fend.

This be­hav­ior by gov­ern­ment is akin to a kid who bor­rows the other kids who are vis­it­ing his home a foot­ball to play in a game he par­tic­i­pates in. Then on re­al­iz­ing that he is los­ing the game he stealth­ily, be­fore the game is over, takes the ball away in the hope that there will be no re­sult or even an inkling of the re­sult of the game which how­ever, is a fore­gone re­sult. In brief, this is the strange and dam­ag­ing stance the Le­sotho gov­ern­ment has adopted.

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