Lesotho military mum about coup

Johannesburg - Maseru residents said on Twitter on Saturday morning that there had been continued gunfire in Lesotho's capital.

Earlier a Lesotho government minister and member of the ruling coalition, Thesele Maseribane 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.

A security guard at the US embassy, Bernard Ntlhoaea, said gunfire could be heard early on Saturday morning, but it had since stopped.

"The military has been moving around from 03:00, occupying police stations in Maseru and moving around to other districts," said Ntlhoaea.

He said the military was armed and he saw at least one armoured personnel carrier on the streets.

Radio stations were not broadcasting, except for a Catholic station, which maintained normal programming, he said.

Lesotho, located within South Africa's borders, had undergone several military coups since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.

- AP
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Angela Gilmour 2014-08-30 11:15:53 AM
I read in the newspaper that Diplomatic Immunity had been given to Guptas, the mind boggles!
Zilindile Gagule 2014-08-30 11:16:10 AM
Watch the space Zuma at our neighbouring country what happen just bcoz of leaders like you.South Africa in t
Sivuyile Vivian George 2014-08-30 11:28:22 AM
Tyo ... Makuyiwe eSwazini ngoku, topple that Swazi Government!
Theo Martinez 2014-08-30 11:35:26 AM
the Lesotho Army has more balls than the SANDF. In lesotho Gupta gets cozy with the PM and now the army takes over!
Theo Martinez 2014-08-30 11:37:27 AM
DIRCO is faster issuing statements about the Middle East than even commenting on Lesotho. And where is the AU again??
Lebo Leczitor 2014-08-30 11:40:49 AM
this is what you get when you try to zumalize things. I hope zuma is next ek as gatvol met die man
sneakyballs 2014-08-30 11:42:41 AM
With ultimate freedom for all comes minimal freedom for many.
Derek Bekker 2014-08-30 11:43:10 AM
Where is lesotho....does it still exist?
Silvana De Mattia 2014-08-30 11:44:39 AM
Hey they're having a jam session in Lesotho :)
Silvana De Mattia 2014-08-30 11:45:44 AM
Where does that leave the Gupta's and their diplomatic immunity?