Tito Mboweni: ‘Make Lesotho part of South Africa, Remove The Borders’

The country’s police chief was suspended after finding evidence which tied the leader to the crime scene through his cell phone records.

Tito Mboweni: ‘Make Lesotho part of South Africa, Remove The Borders'-SurgeZirc SA
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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has created a Twitter storm after saying that Lesotho should open its borders to a federal state with South Africa.

The senior ANC politician took to social media on Sunday evening, and he came equipped with an earnest suggestion about solving Lesotho’s political woes – by making the country merge with South Africa.

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Mboweni, who studied at the National University of Lesotho in the 80s, was commenting on the political crisis in the Mountain Kingdom.

His bold idea has drawn both praise and criticism, with citizens of both countries discussing the pros and cons of the proposal online. Lesotho remained a trending topic on Monday morning, and Minister Mboweni seems to have given locals plenty of food for thought.

Our neighbours are currently experiencing a scandal that’d be thrown out of Hollywood for being too salacious. President Thomas Thabane and the First Lady of Lesotho are both accused of being involved in the murder of the former’s second wife.

The country’s police chief was suspended after finding evidence which tied the leader to the crime scene through his cell phone records.

Opposition parties are demanding that this wretched development is solved by a general election – which would be Lesotho’s fourth in the last seven years.

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South Africa has become a mediator and the first stop for hundreds of thousands of Basotho economic migrants and refugees.

A debate about whether Lesotho should form part of South Africa or remain independent has raged for years. But Mboweni is the first cabinet minister to call for Lesotho and South Africa to form a federal government.

Many people have welcomed Mboweni’s remarks with some calling for a referendum. Others have criticised the finance minister.

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