Ramaphosa sends envoys to Lesotho following army deployment

On Saturday, Thabane deployed the military to restore order after accusing some law enforcement officials of undermining the kingdom’s democracy.
The team that President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent to Lesotho has arrived in the mountain kingdom.

Ramaphosa has dispatched the envoys in his capacity as the Southern African Development Community (SADeC) facilitator for Lesotho to investigate the latest developments in that country.

On Saturday, Thabane deployed the military to parts of the country to restore order after accusing some law enforcement officials of undermining the kingdom’s democracy. The move came after the Constitutional Court overturned Thabane’s order to suspend Parliament on Friday.

The deputy leader of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) party Nqosa Mahao has described the Prime Minister’s behaviour as a threat to the rule of law and says it must be condemned.

Former Energy Minister Jeff Radebe is leading Ramaphosa’s group of envoys sent to probe the matter.

The team will first meet with King Letsie the third and then Prime Minister Thabane.

Political observers are seeing the developments in Lesotho as a sign of growing tensions within the ruling party ABC party.

Thabane has been under pressure to bow out due to allegations that he was involved in his wife’s assassination in 2017. He has agreed to vacate office at the end of July.