Hon. Machesetsa Mofomobe, on Wednesday 07th December, 2022, moved a motion to urge the government of Lesotho to speedily engage the government of the Republic of South Africa in an effort to find a long lasting solution to curb the ill treatment of Basotho nationals residing or working in South Africa. In moving the motion, he highlighted that the two countries have long-lasting relations that date back as far back as the apartheid era and made reference to the following issues to substantiate the claim:
- That during the apartheid era, black South Africans fled to Lesotho hosted by Basotho.
- The JBCC Agreement that was signed in 2001 by then Prime Minister Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili and President Thabo Mbeki which aimed at to facilitate cordial conduct of bilateral cooperative engagement between the two countries even though its objectives were not realized.
- Lesotho Exemption Permit that Basotho working in South Africa Paid M900.00 to obtain yet some of them did not obtain.
The motion was seconded by Honourable Leader of Opposition Honourable Mathibeli Mokhothu and several Members, both from Government and Opposition. Having debated in favour of the Motion, the question put and the Motion was duly passed by the House