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Vol 39 No 20

Published 9th October 1998


Lesotho

To a little kingdom

As SADC allies go to war in Congo, Pretoria stumbles into an insurrection nearer home

The military intervention in Lesotho was meant to be a show-case for the new South African National Defence Force (SANDF). It turned into a political-military fiasco. Lesotho’s opposition leaders called it an invasion. Jakki Cilliers, Executive Director of Johannesburg’s Institute for Security Studies, called it ‘a catastrophe of staggering proportions’.

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