Lesotho, SA to discuss 'coup'

Pretoria - International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will brief media on developments in Lesotho on Saturday afternoon.

This follows and earlier report from the Lesotho government minister and member of the ruling coalition, Thesele Maseribane, who said that the country's military had seized control of the police headquarters and jammed radio stations and phones.

Maseribane, sports minister and leader of the Basotho National Party, describing a possible coup attempt, said: "They're driving around the residence of the prime minister and my residence.

"There have been some gunfighting.

"They've jammed phones...they have jammed everything," he added.

Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane told AFP meanwhile that the military had seized power in a coup and that he had fled to South Africa in fear of his life.

"I have been removed from control - not by the people but by the armed forces and that is illegal," said Thabane, also mentioning that talks would be held with "South African leaders over the coup".

- Reuters
Supercynic 2014-08-30 02:10:18 PM
Thabane can stay with the Gupta's in Saxon World and then pop down to Nkandla for a few days.
Kelly O'Neill 2014-08-30 02:14:10 PM
What do they expect? They gave the Guptas Lesotho diplomatic passports. Next thing you know we have a armsdeal and arms being procured by the Guptas and our no 1. to resist the so called 'coup' and to make some money because SA tax money is not enough!!
Motofogo Mulilo 2014-08-30 02:16:36 PM
Why that place is still considered a country is one of World's top unsolved mysteries.
Chris May 2014-08-30 02:17:48 PM
Is this a planned diversion?
Jimmy Harold Fienies 2014-08-30 02:23:25 PM
We have far worse things to deal with. Take the ''PROVINCE'' and name it ''THE POVINCE OF NKANDLA''. That's what they want. No problem.
Neil Roux 2014-08-30 02:23:29 PM
So SA will intervene militarily again just like in 1998.
Traumatizer 2014-08-30 02:23:53 PM
Undermining the will of the people is not acceptable in SADC region.Try this coup nonsense here we shall show you that we slept enough in the bush and shall kill you all.We can never allow hooligans to do as they please here.
Jimmy Harold Fienies 2014-08-30 02:24:59 PM
I can make spelling errors myself 'cause you said i can ''commen''.
Mageba 2014-08-30 02:27:06 PM
Now is the perfect time for SA to invade and annex Lesotho and declare our tenth province. If Putin can do it, why not Zuma?
Andre Jansen Van Vuuren 2014-08-30 02:29:41 PM
Who are you actually threatening Traumatizer? I can't figure out who you talking to.