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    Exiled Lesotho opposition leaders return home from S/Africa

    APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

    Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has ended a working visit to Maseru where he welcomed back to Lesotho three former exiled opposition political party leaders, the Presidency said on Monday.

    The three leaders – former Prime Minister and leader of the All-Basotho Convention party, Tom Thabane, former Minister Theselle Maseribane in ABC, and Keketso Rantsho, leader of the Reformed

    Congress of Lesotho – were welcomed at a function held at Avani Lesotho Hotel on Sunday.

    “Their return to Lesotho is a culmination of efforts and decision of the SADC Double Troika summit of Heads of State and Government held in Gaborone, Botswana in 2016 which mandated the Ramaphosa to facilitate the return of the three leaders to their country.

    “Deputy President Ramaphosa held discussions with family members of the late Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao and later held bilateral discussions with former Prime Minister Thabane before addressing a media briefing to welcome the three leaders back home,” the Presidency said.

    Ramaphosa went to Maseru on Friday on a working visit to assess progress regarding constitutional and security sector reforms and the implementation of recommendations of the Phumaphi Commission of Inquiry.

    SADC, the Presidency said, remains committed to work with all stakeholders to ensure the stabilisation of the political and security situation in Lesotho and has committed itself to second experts to assist that country as it embarks on constitutional and security sector reforms.

    Ramaphosa has since returned to South Africa.

    NM/jn/APA

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