Minister Nkoana-Mashabane Warns Against Coup: 5 Powerful Statements

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane Warns Against Coup: On June 3, elections took place in Southern Africa country Lesotho.

The elections, which were the third in five years saw Tom Thabane’s All Basotho Convention (ABC) winning 48 out of the 120 parliamentary seats but short of the 61 needed to form a government on its own.

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Lesotho’s prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili completely lost the elections. Mosisili had lost a no-confidence vote as prime minister in March and urged King Letsie III to call for snap elections instead of stepping down honourably.

King Letsie III

Following his defeat on June 3, Mosisili has submitted his resignation to King Letsie but would continue in a caretaker capacity, according to a government statement on 8 June.

On Sunday, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane warned against anyone attempting to carry out a coup in Lesotho.

Briefing journalists at Luthuli House about the ANC’s international relations discussion document ahead of the party’s policy conference at the end of June, the minister emphasised that South Africa will not tolerate any attempt to overthrow a democratically elected government.

She made the remarks while answering questions on whether South Africa is concerned about the military in Lesotho not accepting the result of the election.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane added:

  • The coup thing, I think it is as clear as [daylight], we will not allow it to happen, not in our backyard. That’s not a threat; it’s just the way it is.
  • The results have been announced. We haven’t officially been informed of any other thing that is otherwise. So we take it that Lesotho’s election has gone ahead and that there will be that acceptance.
  • Not in any corner of our [Southern African Development Community], not in any corner of our continent will we ever tolerate a military coup.
  • We will continue to monitor and support the Basotho in their endeavour to find peace,

On August 30, 2014, an attempted coup in Lesotho was thwarted after Lesotho’s military seized two police stations when gunfire rang out in the capital of the mountainous kingdom.

The action forced the Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to go into hiding at the time.

Meanwhile, SADC facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to visit Lesotho after the inauguration of the new leadership to roll out the implementation of the country’s reforms.

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Lesotho, one of the world’s poorest countries is completely landlocked by South Africa. The country heavily depends on its neighbour, to where it exports water and hydroelectric power.

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