Ministers to meet over border crisis

Ministers to meet over border crisis

MASERU – THE Ministries of Home Affairs of Lesotho and South Africa are meeting tomorrow in Bloemfontein to discuss possible solutions to the perennial delays at the Maseru Bridge Border. Lesotho’s Home Affairs principal secretary ’Machabana Lemphane-Letsie confirmed the meeting.
Lemphane-Letsie said initial indications are that the problem is with the South African side of the border but Lesotho hopes to get more clarity on the situation at the meeting.

Although delays are nothing new, the problem has worsened in recent weeks with people taking hours to cross the border.
Some companies say their delivery trucks spend days stuck at the border.
At a recent meeting South Africans who have businesses in Lesotho told officials from the immigration department and the revenue service that they are now saddled with massive transport costs due to the delays.

They also said they are losing money as they cannot get their stock on time.
Head of Ports, Stephen van Neel, promised to deal with the problem.
Last week he told thepost he was working on ways to reduce the delays.

And for a few days it seemed his intervention had worked as the queues became shorter.
The problem however restarted this week. Lemphane-Letsie said they have since realised that the main problem is with the South African immigration department which does not have enough staff and adequate parking space.
“We have organised the meeting with South African border officials to come up with possible solutions. Friday, we are going to meet in Bloemfontein,” she said.

“We were hoping to have resolved the case in August as we have noticed that the slow movement at the border is affecting our economy,” she said.
“Business people are suffering hence the necessity to hurry up.”

Senate Sekotlo

Previous Former PS charged with fraud
Next Lesotho blocks SADC mission

About author

You might also like

Local News

‘Thabane out by September’

MASERU – ALL Basotho Convention (ABC) deputy leader Professor Nqosa Mahao says the current government will be out by September. Mahao made this bold prediction at a political rally in

Local News

Party youths say no to early elections

MASERU – YOUTHS from political parties represented in Parliament, except the Democratic Congress (DC), say they will oppose attempts to push for early elections. Speaking on behalf of youth leagues,

Local News

’Maseribane warns of unrest

MASERU – Basotho National Party (BNP) leader, Chief Thesele ’Maseribane, has warned of bubbling unrest within his party. Chief ’Maseribane, who is also the Minister of Communications, urged the youths to