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26 May 2015 16:13
A file photograph of former Lesotho prime minister Tom Thababe. (Reuters)
prime minister Thomas Thabane is looking to the South African government and
the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for protection after he fled
the mountain kingdom in fear of his life.
Johannesburg, on Tuesday morning, Thabane claimed that some within the
Lesotho Defence Force were out to kill him and that his name was on a hit list.
Thabane confirmed he
had fled to South Africa following an assassination attempt.
Thabane said he had discussed his concerns with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite
Nkoana-Mashabane and Deputy Minister of State Security Ellen Molekane on Monday
spokesperson Clayson Monyela would not comment on the matter.
Thabane was defeated in an election in February this year and is now the leader of opposition in Lesotho. This is the second time he has fled to
“We are not asking for
We are asking the South African authorities to clear the way
for us to ask the Lesotho authorities to allow us to go back and do our work in
peace,” he said.
Thabane and the leader
of the Basotho National Party Thesele Maseribane—who also fled Lesotho—said they
were confident that President Jacob Zuma in his capacity as the chairperson of the
SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation would reach a deal for
The pair have also
called on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as chair of SADC to deal with
their security concerns.
Thabane said their request was simple:
“We do not want the army protecting us.
said however when they requested police protection from Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, it had been denied.
According to the Lesotho
Constitution the army is responsible for the security of former prime
“The security situation
in Lesotho has collapsed,” Thabane claimed.
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