Lesotho doesn’t need a TRC
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.