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Zuma, Lesotho leaders in talks after 'coup'

01 September 2014, 11:31

Cape Town – President Jacob Zuma has reportedly summoned Lesotho’s political leaders for emergency talks following an apparent coup in the landlocked kingdom.

NewsAfricaNow quoted spokesperson for South Africa's department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) Clayson Monyela as confirming that talks took place "throughout the night" and were set to  continue today (Monday).

Meanwhile, foreign ministers of three Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries also met on Sunday to find a solution to end the political crisis in Lesotho, reports say.

According to Eyewitness News, Dirco confirmed that foreign ministers from SA, Zimbabwe and Namibia to map the way forward following an reports of an attempted coup in Lesotho.

'Refrain from violence'

It could not be ascertained what came out of the meeting.

SA called the meeting in its capacity as the chairing nation of SADC's organ on politics and defence.

On Saturday, Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane told the BBC he had fled for his life across the border to South Africa, accusing the military of seizing power in a coup and leaving the country in flux.

The military, however, denied staging a coup, a claim which few inside the country or abroad seemed to believe.

The United Nations voiced concern about the military takeover in the southern African nation and called on all parties to resolve their differences peacefully.

According to the UN news Centre, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urged "all parties to refrain from violence and work together towards a peaceful and lasting resolution to their differences".

- News24


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