Media Statement

15 June 2018

Former Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke to lead Mediation Team in Lesotho

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed the Former Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of South Africa, Dikgang Ernest Moseneke, as the Leader of the Mediation Team of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitation in the Kingdom of Lesotho, which will assist the President as he continues to facilitate the political national dialogue and reform processes in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

This decision is in line with the resolution that was taken at the SADC Double Troika Summit that was held on 24 April 2018 in Luanda, Republic of Angola, which decided that President Ramaphosa should continue with the facilitation and recommended that he appoint high level personalities to support him. 

In this regard, President Ramaphosa has appointed  Justice Moseneke as the Leader of the Mediation Team consisting of three Deputy Ministers, namely Mr Mohamed Enver Surty of Basic Education, Ms Makgabo Regina Mhaule of International Relations and Cooperation and Ms Ellen Molekane of State Security.

In September 2014, President Ramaphosa was appointed by the SADC Heads of State and Government as a SADC Facilitator in Lesotho, following the country’s security and political challenges. His Facilitation produced a report with key recommendations (constitutional, security sector, judiciary, and public service and media reforms) which the Government and people of Lesotho have committed themselves to undertake as they attempt to resolve their political and security challenges.

The report was endorsed by SADC and the Government of Lesotho was then urged to develop a roadmap on the required reforms which they have duly done. The Luanda Double Troika Summit endorsed the Lesotho Roadmap for reforms and urged the Government of Lesotho to prioritise the constitutional and security sector reforms which will be completed by May 2019.

President Ramaphosa has expressed confidence in Justice Moseneke’s experience and expertise in constitutionalism saying that it will assist immensely. 

“I take this opportunity to thank Justice Moseneke for availing himself to support us in this important mandate as we continue to assist our brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of Lesotho in their search for a lasting and sustainable solution to their political and security challenges,” said President Ramaphosa.

Enquiries: Khusela Diko - Spokesperson on 072 854 5707

Issued by: The Presidency



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