M4 million relief for stranded Basotho in South Africa

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By Keiso Mohloboli

Cabinet committee has set aside M4 million to assist registered Basotho nationals stranded in South Africa due to on-going Covid-19 lockdown in that country.

The committee made up of Minister of Health Nkaku Kabi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Lesego Makgothi and Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Chief Thesele ‘Maseribane had since been working together with Lesotho High Commissioner to South Africa Bereng Sekhonyana to register Lesotho nationals who have been hit by hunger during the lockdown.

Chief ‘Maseribane  told Kingdom Digital News 1320 Basotho will benefit from the M4 million worth assistance by the government of Lesotho.

“With the help of South Africa’s authorities, selected health places will soon be announced for all Lesotho nationals in need of lifetime treatment to collect their medicines,” he said.

Minister Makgothi allayed fears of Basotho who have overstayed in South Africa that the government of Lesotho is currently in negotiating South Africa for their exemption.

“I therefore appeal to all Basotho to work together with diplomatic missions around SA by providing them with full details of their living conditions for proper government assistance measures,” Makgothi said.

He further advised all Basotho in South Africa to comply with the country’s Covid-19 rules and regulations in order to contain the spread of the global deadly virus.

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