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Moseneke warns Thabane: SADC not in support of treason charge against leaders

Mothetjoa Metsing and Selibe Mochoboroane, who were deputy prime minister and minister of communications respectively, are said to have masterminded the 2014 alleged coup and face charges of treason.

Retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke – in his capacity as Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator for Lesotho – has warned Prime Minister Tom Thabane that the region doesn’t support the country’s decision to charge two opposition leaders with treason.

The pair, who were deputy prime minister and minister of communications respectively, are said to have masterminded the 2014 alleged coup.

Moseneke has written a letter to Thabane – pushing back the decision to gun for them.

The retired deputy chief justice said he is surprised and concerned that Mothetjoa Metsing and Selibe Mochoboroane have been charged.

Moseneke has issued a reminder to the prime minister that stakeholders signed an agreement of temporary amnesty from prosecution for Metsing and similarly placed persons.

He said no political leaders should be charged until the reforms were concluded

It is his view, and that of SADC, that the charges contravened the agreement and therefore the action would not be welcomed.

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