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People of Lesotho ask SADC to step in

Lesotho residents are pleading with SADC to step in & restore calm following an attempted coup.

FILE. Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa at the weekend. Picture: AFP.

MASERU BORDER - Residents from Lesotho are calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to step in and restore stability to the beleaguered country following an attempted coup.

There's a high military presence in the country's capital Maseru, after troops aligned to a former commander stormed government buildings at the weekend.

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa, saying the partners in the coalition government tried to stage a coup de tat.

Calm has since been restored to the mountain kingdom following the attempted coup on Saturday.

WATCH: SA won't tolerate Lesotho coup

There is also high activity at the Maseru border with people boarding taxis and some walking towards the Free State.

A handful of soldiers from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) remain stationed near the border.

But they say they have not been given any instructions.

One woman says they fear a planned anti-government demonstration today could throw the country into unnecessary turmoil.

"It's dangerous for some other people because our relatives are working there. It's scary to know that your cousin or brother is being hurt or [something] we don't know what's going on."

It's still unclear who's running the country after Thabane fled to South Africa.

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