SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT, DEPUTY TO ATTEND SADC MEETING ON LESOTHO

South African President Jacob Zuma is expected to travel to Gaborone, Botswana, this week to attend the Extraordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika being convened to discuss the situation in Lesotho.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will also attend the summit in his capacity as the SADC-appointed Facilitator on Lesotho. Last week, Ramaphosa was in the Lesotho capital, Maseru, for a working visit as part of his SADC mandate to assist the Mountain Kingdom.

He was expected to hold consultations with the Prime Minister, Phakalitha Mosisili, and members of his government, members of the opposition political parties, the college of chiefs, Council of Churches of Lesotho and representatives of civil society on progress regarding implementation of recommendations for the constitutional and security sector reforms.

Recommendations for constitutional and security sector reforms in Lesotho were adopted by the SADC during its Organ Troika meeting in Pretoria on July 3, 2015.

The extraordinary summit, scheduled to be held on Tuesday, will consider the political and security situation in the SADC region, paying particular attention to the situation in Lesotho.

South Africa is participating in the meeting in its capacity as the outgoing Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation. The Double Troika is made up of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.

President Zuma will also be accompanied by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister David Mahlobo.

Source: Nam News Network