SA concerned over possible coup in Lesotho

2014-06-19 15:49

The South African government has reportedly expressed concern over a possible coup in Lesotho amid reports of an increased military presence in Maseru.

Unconfirmed reports said there was a build-up of the military in the capital of the country.

This comes after reports last week indicated that all was not well in the tiny nation with the Lesotho Times saying that a pact by three political parties that gave birth to the country’s first coalition government had collapsed.

The report said the development had plunged the kingdom into a new era of political uncertainty.

Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing, who is also leader of the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, blamed the failure of the political pact on Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, leader of the All Basotho Convention, who he accused of ubiquitously making unilateral decisions to the exclusion of his coalition partners, the report said.

The political pact was formed in June 2012 after the previous month’s general election had failed to produce a single party with a majority win of parliamentary seats.

eNCA reported today that the SA government was aware of the possibility of a coup in the neighbouring country.

However, eNCA also tweeted that International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane had indicated that South Africa was not sending troops, but was monitoring the situation carefully.

SA statement on the unfolding situation in Lesotho

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