South Africa’s Cautious Intervention in Lesotho’s Political Crisis

Army personnel outside the military headquarters in Maseru, Lesotho, Aug. 31, 2014 photo (AP photo).
Army personnel outside the military headquarters in Maseru, Lesotho, Aug. 31, 2014 photo (AP photo).

South African President Jacob Zuma visited Lesotho today to try to resolve a political crisis now in its second week. On Aug. 30, Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa—which entirely surrounds his small, mountainous country—claiming to have escaped an attempted military coup. Thabane has since returned to the capital of Maseru, where, at his request, he is under the protection of a South African civilian police force. Meanwhile, an insurgency drawn from Lesotho’s elite Special Forces Unit, led by the ousted armed forces chief Lt. Gen. Tlali Kamoli, has raided state armories and taken to the hills. […]

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