The court order said the money would come with arrears and would be disbursed in instalments. Insp Molumo showed the first payments in certain ranks started on March 20. Dr Thabane’s statement was aimed at convincing LEPOSA that the government was doing everything in its power to address the matter. About a month ago, LEPOSA unsuccessfully applied for permission to petition Dr Thabane over the salary raise which they claimed some police officers did not obtain. Thabane’s lengthily speech also touched on the immediate need for a programme to respond to the high unemployment rate of graduates and illiterate youth.
The government’s resolution was that 5 000 jobs would be created for youths in batches, taking in 65 tertiary level graduates in each constituency for a period of six months. As for non-graduates or youth of informal education, a programme in community projects has been drafted to accommodate employment of 3 500 people. Thabane further indicated that the government has until now secured 77 investors willing to create jobs for 35 000 nationals with a total budget of M25 billion.
Since the law legalising the production of marijuana was enacted, over 50 licenses have been issued whereby each licensee is expected to create 3 000 jobs for Basotho. On average, it was projected that 30 000 jobs would have been created by 2022. Dr Thabane ended his conference by giving wool and mohair growers an open trade, saying they were now free to sell their products ‘everywhere’ locally and abroad. The free pass stays for three months when the government would be restructuring the industry to permanently trade locally. Dr Thabane, who is still adamant that wool and mohair must be restricted to trade locally, showed that the move could influence the establishment of factories where clothes would be produced with such items.