Sisulu to apologise to Lesotho King for mistreatment by SA border guards

In January this year, the baSotho King was mistreated by South African guards at the border. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu will be travelling to Lesotho to personally apologise to the king.

According to Peter Fabricius, African Correspondent for Daily Maverick, the incident occurred when the king was trying to return to Lesotho after private business in Durban. He had his security with him, some of whom were armed. Fabricius says this is completely normal for the king to have armed security.

When he came back, some over officious guards on the South Africa side of the border took exception to these guys, who were oddly enough coming into the country with weapons - which is rather strange.

Peter Fabricius, African Correspondent for Daily Maverick

The king was left waiting for an hour at the border post, until diplomats intervened.

Peter Fabricius, African Correspondent for Daily Maverick

Fabricius says the Lesotho foreign minister complained to the then South African international relations minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, and Prime Minister Tom Thabane also complained to Zuma.

According to the Lesotho foreign minister, they both ignored the complaint, says Fabricius. The foreign minister then took it up with Sisulu.

[Sisulu] jumped to it. She announced she is going to go down personally to Lesotho to apologise, anddn according to the foreign minister, President Ramaphosa is also going to be going down to Lesotho.

Peter Fabricius, African Correspondent for Daily Maverick

Fabricius says Ramaphosa is going to Lesotho for business, but will also be apologising.

It seems like they are resolving the issue, but it was quite a diplomatic spat in the meantime.

Peter Fabricius, African Correspondent for Daily Maverick

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