SA and SADC to lead stabilsing

SA and SADC to lead stabilsing of Lesotho

South Africa pushes for a return to normalcy in Lesotho with the aid of SADC partners

SA and SADC to lead stabilsing

The government has welcomed “decisive actions” taken by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on Peace and Security to deal with the political crisis in Lesotho. Following reports of a coup in the country at the weekend, the SADC met with Lesotho’s coalition government in Pretoria on Monday.

The coalition consisted of Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, the Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing and Morena T J Maseribane, Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation. SADC agreed to send a facilitator to Lesotho to work with the coalition government as they implement an agreed roadmap. It further agreed to deploy an Observer Team for matters relating to politics, defence and security as a matter of urgency.

President Jacob Zuma called the meeting in his capacity as the chair of the SADC organ on politics and defence. Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, said that the cabinet had welcomed the actions.

“Cabinet […] reiterates its unconditional support for the SADC position that rejects all attempts to unconstitutional changes of government,” he said. The Minister added that the cabinet called on all role players to work together to restore democratic order in Lesotho while fully implementing the roadmap agreed on with the SADC organ.

He also confirmed that members of the South African National Police Service (SAPS) were in charge of guarding Prime Minister Thabane (in accordance with the National Police Act). Thabane has returned to Lesotho after fleeing to South Africa over the weekend.