Lesotho hit hard by political violence

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be sending a ministerial mission on a fact-finding trip to Lesotho following the assassination of the country’s defence force chief, Lieutenant-General Khoantle Motsomotso.

President Jacob Zuma has condemned the killing of Motsomotso and called for calm in Lesotho.

EWN Africa correspondent, JJ Cornish says what is happening in Lesotho raises fears of political violence to some extent.

Not so much fear of it, political violence is happening in Lesotho as we speak...

JJ Cornish, Africa Correspondent

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has headed up mediation with Lesotho, but will he be continuing with mediation in the midst of his presidential aspirations, asks Cornish.

Does he (Ramaphosa) have the time that he needs to devote to this?

JJ Cornish, Africa Correspondent

This is a problem in Maseru, but you can almost say this is a bigger problem in Pretoria.

JJ Cornish, Africa Correspondent

A stable Lesotho is of importance to us because the water you and I drink comes from Lesotho. A very vital resource to South Africa is in threat.

JJ Cornish, Africa Correspondent

To hear to the rest of the interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on 702 : Lesotho hit hard by political violence


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