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Ramaphosa: Lesotho determined to solve unrest

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Lesotho in an attempt to bring an end to the political crisis.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Lesotho in an attempt to bring an end to the political crisis. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is back home after visiting Lesotho in his capacity as the regional SADC facilitator tasked with bringing stability back to the mountain kingdom

Police and military in the country exchanged gunfire yesterday in the hours before Ramaphosa met with political leaders.

Leaving Lesotho on Friday, Ramaphosa said he was encouraged by the deep sense of patriotism of the people and their determination to find a solution to the political and security crisis within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) guidelines.

This will entail shortening the mandate of Parliament that has been suspended since June and having early elections.

Violence continues to rock the capital Maseru, where police and military exchange gun fire.

They have been at loggerheads since renegade General Tlali Kamoli attempted a coup on 30 August before fleeing into the mountains with weapons stolen from the government armoury.