SOUTH AFRICAN DEPUTY PRESIDENT TO ATTEND FRIDAY’S INAUGURATION OF TOP THABANE AS LESOTHO PM

PRETORIA-- South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday join regional and international leaders in Maseru for the inauguration of Tom Thabane as Prime Minister of Lesotho, following the recent general election in which Thabane won.

The vote was called three years early following a vote of no confidence against the former prime minister, Pakalitha Mosisili.

Ramaphosa, who is also the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator for Lesotho, extended his profound congratulations to the people of Lesotho and commended them for conducting peaceful elections, while urging all stakeholders to accept the outcome of the June 3 elections.

The Deputy President reiterated his view that the holding of democratic elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho underlines the determination of the people of the region and the continent to ensure good political and economic governance as part of the building blocks towards the renewal of the continent and the achievement of Agenda 2063, said Ramaphosa's spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa.

The inauguration comes as reports indicate that Thabane's wife, Lipolelo, was shot dead on Wednesday, an act which threatens to throw the mountain kingdom into new turmoil. It is not clear how the killing of Thabane's wife will affect proceedings at the inauguration.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK