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Government Media Statement on the unfolding situation in Lesotho
The South African Government notes with concern the unfolding political and security
situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho which has resulted in the prorogation of the
The ongoing political tensions in the Kingdom have necessitated two visits by the Organ
Troia of the Southern African !evelopment "ommunity #SA!"$. South Africa supports
the initiatives of the SA!" Organ Troia on %olitics& !efence and Security under the
leadership of '( %resident %ohamba of )amibia& which calls on and encourages the
political leadership in the Kingdom to engage in a political process to resolve the
e*isting political challenges facing the country within the parameters of the country’s
constitution& applicable domestic laws and general democratic principles.
The South African Government has further noted with grave concern the unusual
movements of the Lesotho !efence +orce ,nits in the capital& -aseru. The South
African Government wishes to reaffirm and reiterate the African ,nion’s position on the
unconstitutional change of governments on the continent and in this regard the South
African Government and SA!" will not tolerate any unconstitutional change of
government in the region and "ontinent.
The South African Government appeals to all the political leaders in the Kingdom to
refrain from any actions that may undermine peace& security and stability in the country.
The South African Government has full confidence in the leadership of the "oalition
Government in Lesotho and believes that the "oalition Government will be able to soon
resolve the current political challenges. The South African Government commends the
mediation efforts of the "hristian "ouncil of Lesotho.
For more information, please contact Mr la!son Mon!ela, 0"2 ""4 #9$4
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