14 October 2014
SADC Facilitator Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to return to Lesotho ahead of the reconvening of Parliament
PRETORIA – SADC Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will return to the Kingdom of Lesotho, from Wednesday, 15 October 2014 until Friday, 17 October 2014, ahead of the reconvening of the country’s Parliament by His Majesty, King Letsie III.
The reconvening of Lesotho’s Parliament, scheduled for Friday 17 October 2014 by King, Letsie III, comes against the background of the recently signed Maseru Facilitation Declaration on 2 October 2014 facilitated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and signed by all Lesotho’s political parties.
In terms of the Declaration, His Majesty, King Letsie III is to reconvene Parliament on 17 October 2014 to discuss the budget and all other related matters regarding the holding of elections.
In this regard the Maseru Facilitation Declaration further provided that Parliament is to be dissolved at the beginning of December 2014 to prepare for the holding of the National General Elections scheduled for the end of February 2015 and on a date to be set by His Majesty, King Letsie III.
During his visit, the Facilitator and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will continue to be supported in his regional facilitation efforts by a team of SADC experts and members of the Secretariat from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe led by SADC Deputy Executive Secretary Dr Themba Mhlongo.
The Facilitator and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team are expected to return to South Africa on Friday, 17 October 2014.
For more information contact Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853
ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY ON BEHALF OF SADC TROIKA
14 OCTOBER 2014