Lesotho


Ramaphosa 'encouraged' by Lesotho patriotism

2014-09-19 07:35

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been encouraged by the determination of Lesotho's political roleplayers to find a lasting solution to their challenges, his office says.

Lesotho to hold early vote to end political crisis

2014-09-16 07:27

Lesotho's leaders are planning to head to the polls early in a bid to restore political order following an attempted coup and stalled peace talks between deadlocked political parties, an official says.

SADC summit to discuss Lesotho, DRC

2014-09-15 09:32

The political impasse in Lesotho is expected to dominate the agenda at the SADC troika summit to be held in Pretoria, reports say.

Lesotho deadlock prompts fresh crisis summit

2014-09-12 19:21

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

Lesotho's 'renegade general' not in hiding – report

2014-09-10 14:23

A Lesotho army general thought to be in possession of a stockpile of weapons while hiding in the country’s mountains has been seen at a meeting in Maseru, a report says.

Zuma gives Lesotho 2 days to open parliament

2014-09-10 10:02
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Lesotho coalition leaders have been given two days to agree on a date to open parliament by President Jacob Zuma, a report says.

Zuma in bid to rescue Lesotho peace deal

2014-09-09 21:05

South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Lesotho, in what is being seen as a last-ditch effort to resolve a political crisis amid calls for regional military intervention.

Lesotho PM 'trying to avoid no-confidence vote'

2014-09-08 16:30

An analyst says Lesotho PM Tom Thabane is trying to avoid a non-confidence vote by postponing plans to reopen parliament ’s delay in to reopen parliament.

Basotho fear an attack at any time - police

2014-09-08 14:53

Lesotho citizens are reportedly living in fear as tensions continue to simmer in the mountain nation following last week’s attempted coup that forced PM Tom Thabane to flee the country.

Military action only option against Lesotho general

2014-09-07 14:31

Lesotho's army commander says military action is now the only option against a general accused of masterminding an attempted coup.

Renegade Lesotho general seizes weapons

2014-09-05 22:28

A Lesotho general suspected of involvement in last week's attempted coup has seized army weapons in preparation for a possible stand-off.

Church prays for bloodless Lesotho resolution

2014-09-05 15:31

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa has welcomed the calmness in Lesotho following an apparent coup attempt last week.

Lesotho police regroup after coup, but fears remain

2014-09-03 22:10

Lesotho's exiled police commissioner has returned to the country, ordering his officers to go back to work. But they are disarmed and scared.

Lesotho Parly likely to unseat PM – opposition

2014-09-02 12:57

Lesotho PM Tom Thabane is likely to be ousted when parliament convenes, following an agreement by the warring parties in the mountain nation to work together to restore stability.

Lesotho PM set to deal with 'renegade general'

2014-09-02 07:26

Lesotho's prime minister is set to return home after three days in exile, with his first task likely to be dealing with a "renegade general" who is believed to be behind the coup attempt.

Parties to reinstate Lesotho parliament

2014-09-01 21:58

Lesotho's ruling parties have agreed to lift a suspension of parliament ordered by the prime minister in June.

Lesotho PM going home after 'coup'

2014-09-01 17:35

Lesotho's exiled Prime Minister is on his way home after claiming the military had tried to oust him.

Lesotho 'coup' a test for Mugabe – reports

2014-09-01 12:40

Zimbabwean media reports that the attempted coup in Lesotho gives President Robert Mugabe, who is the new Southern African Development chair, his first test in dealing with coups.

Mass demo cancelled as Lesotho faces power vacuum

2014-09-01 08:32

A planned mass demonstration in Lesotho has been cancelled after an apparent coup left the country leaderless and prompted regional powers to hold a crisis meeting.

Attempt to kill top Lesotho military commander

2014-08-31 16:36

The attempted assassination of a top military commander has plunged Lesotho into further turmoil following an apparent coup that forced the prime minister to flee to South Africa.

Lesotho deputy PM in SA for talks after coup

2014-08-31 13:47

Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing has arrived in South Africa for talks in Pretoria after a coup sent the premier fleeing the country.

US urges 'peaceful dialogue' in Lesotho

2014-08-31 10:12

The United States has called for "peaceful dialogue" in Lesotho, after the prime minister said he was forced to flee the country after the military seized power.

ANC 'concerned' by Lesotho developments

2014-08-31 10:12

The ANC has called on the Lesotho army to return to barracks and allow the government to continue its functions, condemning the "attempted seizure of power through unconstitutional means".

SA foils Lesotho coup

2014-08-31 07:52
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A group of South African special forces have helped whisk Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane across the border to safety just hours before a raid on his house during an attempted coup.

ANC 'concerned' by Lesotho developments

2014-08-30 22:10
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The ANC has called on the Lesotho army to return to barracks and allow the government to continue its functions, condemning the "attempted seizure of power through unconstitutional means".

 

Ramaphosa to make peace in Lesotho

2014-09-16 15:43

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will act as the Southern African Development Community's facilitator in Lesotho.

Security threat worsening – Lesotho PM

2014-09-15 10:59

Prime Minister Tom Thabane says the security situation in Lesotho remains volatile and its parliament cannot reconvene under the current environment.

Too risky to arrest Lesotho coup leader - report

2014-09-14 11:06

Lesotho’s renegade army chief Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli has apparently resurfaced in Maseru despite facing treason charges, but police reportedly say it is too risky to arrest him.

Discuss making Lesotho part of SA - NUM

2014-09-10 16:21

Serious discussions should take place about Lesotho becoming a part of South Africa, says the National Union of Mineworkers.

Lesotho: Why King Shaka said the F-word, and left

2014-09-10 12:52

Ian de Jager offers interesting trivia: from why King Shaka and others left Lesotho, to the fact that the country is the only one whose national flag sports a hat.

Zuma prods Lesotho leaders to renew peace talks

2014-09-10 07:25

Rival Lesotho leaders have vowed to resolve an 11-day crisis that has spurred calls for regional military intervention in the tiny African nation, after South Africa brokered talks.

Lesotho: Chief’s daughter challenges male succession

2014-09-09 17:24

A complaint has been lodged with the African Commission about a law providing for male-only succession to chieftainship in Lesotho, Salc says.

Zuma to travel to Lesotho for peace talks

2014-09-08 15:37
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President Jacob Zuma is set to travel to Lesotho to discuss restoring "peace and stability" in the country, the international relations department says.

Lesotho peace deal in doubt, Zuma to mediate

2014-09-08 11:23

Lesotho's PM says he would not reopen parliament, calling into question a South African-brokered peace deal which allowed him to return to the country after an attempted coup.

SA police help hunt Lesotho coup plotter

2014-09-07 12:12

South African police are assisting in the hunt for suspected Lesotho coup plotter Tlali Kamoli, who is believed to be hiding in the mountains surrounding Maseru.

Group warns of a looming coup in Zimbabwe

2014-09-05 20:00
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A rights organisation has issued a warning that a coup remains imminent in Zimbabwe if the current "serious economic situation" in the southern African country persists.

Lesotho PM to reconvene parliament

2014-09-04 21:17

Lesotho's prime minister has announced plans to reconvene parliament, which he had suspended in June.

Lesotho PM safely back home after 'coup'

2014-09-03 14:35

Lesotho’s embattled PM Tom Thabane, who fled to South Africa at the weekend after an apparent coup bid to oust him, has returned safely to his home country, an aide says.

Gunfire, power cuts rekindle tensions in Lesotho

2014-09-02 09:04

Gunfire and power cuts have rekindled tensions in Lesotho's capital Maseru, as the mountain nation awaits the possible return of its exiled PM following an apparent coup.

SADC to help restore stability in Lesotho

2014-09-01 22:30

The SADC has said that it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security, where military actions caused the prime minister to flee.

No SADC troops for Lesotho PM heading home

2014-09-01 20:20

Lesotho's exiled prime minister is heading home without SADC troops, as regional mediators reinstall him to power.

Lesotho PM asks SADC to send peace force after 'coup'

2014-09-01 14:36

Lesotho's exiled PM has called on the southern African regional block SADC to send peacekeeping troops to his country, after claiming that the army had seized power in a coup.

Zuma, Lesotho leaders in talks after 'coup'

2014-09-01 10:02

President Jacob Zuma has reportedly summoned Lesotho's political leaders for emergency talks following an apparent coup in the landlocked kingdom.

SADC leaders to meet over Lesotho unrest

2014-08-31 18:23

Foreign ministers of three Southern Africa Development Community member states will be discussing the recent events in Lesotho, Dirco has confirmed.

SA troops 'not involved in Lesotho'

2014-08-31 14:40

South African troops have not been involved in foiling an alleged coup in Lesotho, the defence department says.

Business as usual in Lesotho - military

2014-08-31 10:12

Lesotho's military has downplayed the apparent coup in the country, saying it seized two police stations to secure the country, and the situation in the capital is back to normal.

SA not sending troops to Lesotho

2014-08-31 10:12

The SA government is not immediately sending troops to Lesotho following claims of a coup, saying diplomacy should be given a chance and the situation should be resolved peacefully.

Lesotho's deputy premier 'takes reins'

2014-08-31 10:10

Lesotho's deputy prime minister is in charge of government in the absence of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, who accused the military of staging a coup and fled to South Africa.

US urges 'peaceful dialogue' in Lesotho

2014-08-31 07:32

The United States has called for "peaceful dialogue" in Lesotho, after the prime minister said he was forced to flee the country after the military seized power.

Business as usual in Lesotho - military

2014-08-30 19:06

Lesotho's military has downplayed the apparent coup in the country, saying it seized two police stations to secure the country, and the situation in the capital is back to normal.

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