The Free Movement of Basotho are calling on the new government of Lesotho to advance their demands that borders between their country and South Africa be abolished.
According to the Free Movement of Basotho, there is a need for the incorporation of their country into South Africa, an ideology they have negotiated with their government for years with no positive results.
They are also calling for the implementation of the SADC free trade area and SADC free movement treaty.
Their movement has also been established in all the nine provinces, by mostly domestic workers and mine workers who have spent a considerable time in South Africa.
Basotho, singing with hope to see things improving in the new government at the Kingdom of Lesotho.
For over ten years Basotho working in the platinum belt of Rustenburg have been calling for the abolishment of the borders between the two countries.
The platinum hub of the country has seen a high number of influxes of immigrants hoping to finding greener pastures.
This includes people from Lesotho mostly working in the mines and as domestic workers in Rustenburg.
Free Movement of Basotho President, Doctor Morolong, says the previous government of Lesotho failed them
The Free Movement of Basotho has been demanding that Lesotho be part of South Africa and passports be discontinued. They claim that the long procedure at their Home Affairs and crossing between the two borders is a nightmare.
“We only request for the abolishment of the borders, because most of us we work here in South Africa and all this documents needed for us to be here, remains a big problem for us. Passports are really making things difficult for us because we work here. We are indeed calling for abolishment of the borders.”
Free Movement of Basotho President, Doctor Morolong, says the previous government of Lesotho failed them.
Now, they are hoping that the new Lesotho government will bring some changes and adhere to their demands.
“The people who are meeting with us as the movement, they are always meeting with us and sit down with us, but they are not taking our issues into consideration. To make them to come to us we motivate our issues that these people as you know that they are working here in South Africa they have to move freely in the boarders.”
Reformed Congress of Lesotho, which is part of the new government coalition in the Kingdom of Lesotho, says it aligns itself with the Free Movement of Basotho’s calls.
Reformed Congress of Lesotho’s representative, who was part of the meeting held in Rustenburg Mpiti Thamae, says his party will present these demands in their parliament back home.
“We are looking forward to see that all the employees who are in South Africa are duly registered accordingly. We fall within the same region here. So, why do we have to stamp our passports all the times. Even if you come into South Africa for a business trip just for one day you have to stamp your passport. So, there should be a mechanism that should be put in place that when you cross through the borders you can only put in your finger there to show that this is the citizen of Lesotho and is going to South Africa.”
However, Thamae believes that there are still many issues that need to be addressed regarding the border posts laws, because of a high number of Basotho flocking into South Africa.
– By SABC