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Ramaphosa: Conclusion of Lesotho Dialogue for Reform 'phenomenal'

The South African president was on a working visit to the kingdom in his role as the Southern African Development Community facilitator.

President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L) on his working visit to the Mountain Kingdom on 27 November 2019. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said the conclusion of the Lesotho Dialogue for Reform was a phenomenal achievement.

Ramaphosa was on a working visit to the kingdom in his role as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator. An authority was established to oversee the reforms, including amending the constitution and security sector laws.

Ramaphosa delegated retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke to lead the Lesotho facilitation, but he remained close to developments in the mountain kingdom.

On Wednesday, he attended the closure of a multi-stakeholder forum as presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko explained: “The president has said the conclusion of the multi-stakeholder forum today is a phenomenal achievement by the people of Lesotho.”

The president said the talks paved the way for an authority that would conclude the process.

“Today the national reform authority, which is a statuary body, will begin its work on the implementation of parliamentary, constitutional, and security reforms – a process that the people of Lesotho have defined as ‘the Lesotho we want’,” Diko said.

Ramaphosa was expected to also meet political, traditional, and civil society leaders.