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His Majesty King Letsie III of Lesotho looks on at the opening ceremony of the new Sentebale Mateanong Herd Boy School on October 14, 2013 in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. Sentebale provides healthcare and education to the vulnerable children of Lesotho, a land-locked mountainous South African Kingdom.
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King Letsie III was reportedly mistreated at the South African-Lesotho border

South African officials have apologised to the King of Lesotho following allegations that he was mistreated at the two countries' border, IOL news reports.

South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has offered to travel to Lesotho to apologise in person to King Letsie III.

Ms Sisulu's spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya told the news site TimesLIVE that there are problems with how the border operates.

"There are dedicated lines for South African and Lesotho citizens. The Lesotho line is always long and the South African line is always short or sometimes empty," Mr Mabaya said. "The Basotho people feel they are not being fairly treated. There are also issues about how long it takes for them to get passports and permits."

There are reports that some Basotho may block the border crossing, following the treatment of the king.

South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba is en route to the border to deal with this issue.

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