- A group from Lesotho call themselves the Basotho Petitioners and have turned to the queen of England for help in returning their land
- The group has written and sent a petition to the queen explaining that they need her assistance
- The queen has not responded to the petition yet
The Basotho Petitioners from Limpopo has sent a petition to the Queen of England to ask her help in returning land that was taken from them in 1854.
The Citizen reported that the group want Queen Elizabeth II to clear the way for them to get back land that they feel belong to them.
The coordinator of the group, Mpho Serobanyane, stated that the petition was given to the British Embassy in Pretoria last Tuesday.
The petition will be given to the British high commissioner and make its way to the queen.
According to Serobanyane, they decided to turn to the queen rather than involve the South African government because they do not want it to become political.
The petition is aimed at getting back land in Lesotho. The group is hoping for the queen's assistance.
The group stated that it was the British that gave permission for their land to be given away in 1854.
The land was given to the Orange River convention - also known as the Bloemfontein convention. The land that the group believes belong to them are located in the Eastern Cape, Free State, and KwaZulu-Natal.
The queen has not responded yet and Serobanyane stated that if they failed to get a response they would turn to Boris Johnson, the British Foreign Minister.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Basotho Petitioners asked to be able to personally hand the petition to her majesty and explain the matter to her.
This is an issue of the nation at large, the person we think should engage with the South African government should be Queen Elizabeth, because we have directed our petition to her since it was the Britain Monarchy that in 1854 gave South Africa right over our boundaries.
While the British High Commission confirmed receiving the petition, their spokesperson stated that it is not a matter for the British government to address.
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