SA condemns apparent coup in Lesotho

Pretoria - The South African government said on Saturday Lesotho's army appeared to have staged a coup d'etat, and added that an unconstitutional change of government would not be tolerated by the region.

"By all accounts the actions of the Lesotho defence force bear the hallmarks of a coup d'etat," international relations and co-operation spokesperson Clayson Monyela told reporters.

Monyela said no individual or body had claimed to have taken over the government. "The situation is still unfolding," he said, adding South Africa urged the coalition leaders to settle their differences peacefully.

The Commonwealth, most of whose member states are former British colonies, also condemned the reported coup.

"There is zero tolerance in the Commonwealth of any unconstitutional overthrow of an elected government," Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said in a statement sent to Reuters.

- Reuters
Tiekie Black 2014-08-30 04:04:25 PM
soon to come in SA!
Simon Rabubi PhoracousinyajuliusMalema 2014-08-30 04:07:25 PM
dnt send unskils force 2 lesotho plz uncle zuma
Anton Cloete 2014-08-30 04:11:18 PM
Isn't it amazing that the coup attempt happened shortly after the Lesotho gave diplomatic passports to the Guptas?
Collins Chauke 2014-08-30 04:11:29 PM
Nkandla de tat
coswecanfly 2014-08-30 04:16:42 PM
So condemning this is ok but talking about Botswana or saying anything about the situation in Zimbabwe is not???
Grant Kippa Freedman 2014-08-30 04:18:00 PM
Who cares what SA thinks cause who takes you serious !!!
Neliswa Mlondolozi 2014-08-30 04:22:50 PM
SA who gives their street name after the living pls don't touch Lesotho.
Herman 2014-08-30 04:24:44 PM
I don't think anybody really cares about what South Africas circus goverment condems or not. They cannot even get theit own house. Now they want to interfere with other countries problems. Inbreeders
Lukas Ekisjouvaader 2014-08-30 04:26:40 PM
If the Lesotho defence force for one moment thought that the region can retaliate they would not have done it. So they are calling the South African government bluff.
Pieter Venter 2014-08-30 04:32:02 PM
Guptas taking over there.