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Human Rights, SADC

Learning curve

News from Lesotho is disturbing. Democracy and the rule of law are advancing backwards. Recently, a curfew was put up, after attacks were carried out on prominent politicians’ homes. That rings a bell. If you can link to this, or reproduce it on your blog, I would be most grateful. Or tell a friend over coffee. Or just read it and sympathise with us in spirit (or whatever deed). I know I sound desperate — I am. This needs to be talked about and shared. I have just received news from home that:

Thabo Thakalekoala of Seapoint in Maseru, a vocal and prominent freelancing investigative journalist, was arrested on Friday morning (22 June 2007) and charged with high treason. He is appearing in court today (25 June 2007) to be formally charged.

On the day of his arrest he had just read a letter over the air on his popular morning programme “Rise and Shine” on Harvest FM. The letter was supposedly given to him by a group of army men and requested to read it on his show. The soldiers vehemently denounced the rule of one Mosikili in Lesotho who they say is a foreigner and therefore is not elligible to hold such office. This comes after it was discovered that the PM holds a South African identity document (a fact he has publicly admitted), no wonder the rampant looting of state coffers by way of the 84% salary increments and the M4000.00 Kompressors and the M2000.00 Camrys.

We look back in sadness at the deaths of Mahlomola Motuba and Mike Pitso, two journalists who were killed for their brave and fearless reporting of unfairness and prejudice in the past regimes. We have been taken back decades in our learning curve, and are now starting from scratch to plant the seed of unity and true freedom. We take courage from the fact, however, that history has not been kind to dictators who parade themselves as democrats. ‘Nete ke tutulu ha e patehe, or “Truth is ‘unhideable’.” We call on the international media to take note of this heinous act by the Lesotho Government to gag transparency and free access to information, especially as state media is totally not accessible to anyone else but the ruling party.

Re sa lebeletse. Khotso.

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  1. superweed

    How can we sympathise in deed?

  2. Is there any news of Thakalekoala, Rethabile?

  3. There is news, yes. He was released on bail, and the charges against him were changed to something less menacing.

    Meanwhile, life goes on, and a few people are abducted and tortured. One of them escapes and names names, a minister among the named folks. Sounds like a bad film. I say a bit more here.

    For now, getting involved has meant writing to those in a position to ask Lesotho what the heck was going on. In the future, if things continue, then I’ll explicitly ask for help in several different ways.

  4. Thanks for the update, Rethabile. I’m so glad Thakalekoala is out and the charges reduced. I thought about him often this week.

    “In the future, if things continue, then I’ll explicitly ask for help in several different ways.”

    Please do. We’re here and we’re listening.

  5. Changeseeker,
    In Sesotho we say, “Kea leboha.” /key-ah lay-boo-ha/. Or thank you.