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Ramaphosa to return to Lesotho

The SADC-elected Ramaphosa will continue facilitating a lasting solution to the Lesotho crisis.

FILE. The SADC-elected Ramaphosa will continue facilitating a lasting solution to the Lesotho crisis. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Presidency says the South African envoy sent to stabilise the political and security situation in Lesotho following an attempted coup, will seek to bring about a lasting solution while addressing recent conflict in that area.

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane fled to South Africa earlier this month after a sacked army commander apparently tried to oust him.

Following an intervention by President Jacob Zuma, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government elected Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as a facilitator to the crisis.

Ramaphosa's spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa says the deputy president will return to Lesotho today and clashes between the army and police last week will also be addressed.

"The SADC remains ceased with the entirety of the political and security challenges in that country. The deputy president is embarking upon this to find a lasting solution to all these challenges that exist."