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Union wants Lesotho officials removed after Thabiso Mokhele dies of hunger in SA

Thabiso Mokhele died of hunger at the Waterworks informal settlement near Lenasia.

Community leaders and residents of the Waterworks informal settlement in Lenasia attend the funeral of Thabiso Mokhele from Lesotho on 5 August 2020. Picture: Nthakoana Ngatane/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A diaspora organisation of Lesotho nationals in South Africa, Lehae la Basotho Workers Union, said that it was planning a protest march for their government to remove officials at the country’s high commission in South Africa, who had remained quiet after a man died apparently of hunger in Johannesburg.

Thabiso Mokhele died at the Waterworks informal settlement near Lenasia.

The organisation’s president, Majorobela Masakale, spoke at the funeral of Mokhele on Wednesday.

He said that there were many more Basotho who were suffering, while many bodies remained in mortuaries.

Community leaders and residents of the Waterworks informal settlement organised the funeral of Thabiso Mokhele from Lesotho.

His emaciated body was found in a shack that he was allowed to use by its owner without paying rent.

But his neighbors said that like them, he was struggling to get food.

None of the officials of the Lesotho High Commission to South Africa had responded to requests for assistance when contacted.

And the president of Lehae la Basotho Workers Union, Majorobela Masakale, said that enough was enough.

"We have written a letter to the government of Lesotho and we will take legal action in Lesotho to remove the officials. We are organising a march to the high commission at the end of the month."

It’s still not clear how old Mokhele was because his documents were never found.

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