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Lesotho Crisis: Zuma to hold emergency SADC summit

The president will meet with SADC leaders to discuss how to intervene & restore peace to Lesotho.

FILE. The president will meet with SADC leaders to discuss how to intervene & restore peace to Lesotho. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma is expected to hold an emergency summit with Southern African Development Community (SADC) members in Pretoria today, to deal with the ongoing crisis in Lesotho.

Political parties in the mountain kingdom failed to meet a Friday deadline for a fresh peace deal, prompting South Africa to call the meeting.

The president was in Lesotho last week, to try and persuade Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his deputy Mothetjoa Metsing to resolve their power struggle but they have failed to find common ground.

Zuma and SADC leaders are expected to discuss how they can intervene in the crisis in Lesotho and restore peace.

The president returned to South Africa last week after a one-day visit to rescue a peace deal which should have seen the reconstitution of Parliament.

But a former military commander, who attempted a coup, still hasn't surrendered and it's understood he has been mobilising the country's Special Forces.

According to weekend reports, Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli has been seen in uniform and with a motorcade in parts of Maseru, including at a military hospital and the capital's airport.