SA apol­o­gises for bor­der de­lays

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bio­met­ric cap­tur­ing sys­tem. South africa be­lieves that the bio­met­ric sys­tem will help re­duce cases of trav­el­ers us­ing fake or stolen iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments.

Part of a state­ment is­sued by the em­bassy reads: “The South african High Com­mis­sion in Maseru would like to state its re­gret about the de­lays be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced at the Maseru Bridge Bor­der Post”.

“The High Com­mis­sion is aware of the in­con­ve­nience and eco­nomic im­pact suf­fered by all due to the per­sis­tent chal­lenges at this port.

“The South african High Com­mis­sion in con­sul­ta­tion with the Bor­der Man­age­ment and rel­e­vant South african gov­ern­ment de­part­ments is work­ing tire­lessly to en­sure the sit­u­a­tion is re­solved as a mat­ter of ur­gency in line with our gov­ern­ment’s prin­ci­ples of Batho Pele (peo­ple first).”

Mean­while, Le­sotho’s Deputy Min­is­ter of Home af­fairs, Mach­esetsa Mo­fo­mobe, said the two coun­tries were in talks to re­solve the is­sue.

“it is clear there is prob­lem on their side and we have en­gaged them to see how this prob­lem can be ad­dressed speed­ily. They are hold­ing a stake­holder meet­ing to­day (Sat­ur­day) to dis­cuss the is­sue which has also af­fected trade be­tween the two coun­tries.

“We have sent our rep­re­sen­ta­tives to that meet­ing and we await feed­back. How­ever, one of the is­sues my South african coun­ter­part (Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize) al­luded to as be­ing a big prob­lem for their im­mi­gra­tion was lack of per­son­nel dur­ing our re­cent com­mu­ni­ca­tion,” Mr Mo­fo­mobe yes­ter­day told the Sun­day Ex­press.

He said the two re­spon­si­ble min­is­ters for im­mi­gra­tion for both coun­tries were ex­pected to meet over the is­sue within the next two weeks.

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