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Vol 55 No 18

Published 12th September 2014


Trouble in the neighbourhood

South African forces are back in Maseru after what may have been an attempted coup but have no mandate for military action

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has returned to Maseru after fleeing the country after a claimed attempt by Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, the army chief he had just sacked, to take power on 30 August. South African President Jacob Zuma escorted Thabane to Maseru under South African Police Service guard. SAPS has stayed on to protect him. Zuma’s forces, however, have no mandate to intervene. Members of the Southern African Development Community, which met in Pretoria on 1 September, want Lesotho’s Parliament, suspended since June, reconvened.

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