Security threat worsening – Lesotho PM

2014-09-15 10:59
Lesotho's prime minister Tom Thabane. (File: AFP)

Lesotho's prime minister Tom Thabane. (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Prime Minister Tom Thabane says the security situation in Lesotho remains volatile and its parliament cannot reconvene under the current environment, the eNCA reported on Monday.

Thabane was speaking ahead of a SADC summit expected to kick off on Monday in Pretoria to discuss the mountain kingdom’s political crisis.

Lesotho's deadlocked political parties failed to meet a Friday deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call an emergency meeting of regional leaders.

After promising President Jacob Zuma that they would decide by Friday when to re-open Lesotho's parliament, rival leaders failed to resolve a crisis sparked two weeks ago by an aborted coup.

Reopening the legislature - which was shuttered in June - is seen as a key step toward restoring normality in the tiny mountainous state.

On 30 August, an attempted coup by renegade general Tlali Kamoli saw the military assault several police stations prompting the prime minister to flee the country.

Thabane has since returned and protected by South African guards.

The SADC summit is also expected to discussing the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Read more on:    sadc  |  jacob zuma  |  tom thabane  |  lesotho  |  southern africa

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