Lesotho demands expulsion of SA officers

Lesotho authorities haven’t named the police officers they accuse of sabotaging Tom Thabane’s security.

FILE: An immigration sign at the Maseru Border gate in Lesotho. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is not commenting on Lesotho's demand for the expulsion of two senior South African policemen guarding Prime Minister Tom Thabane.

In a confidential letter to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its lead negotiator, Ramaphosa, the government expressed "certain reservations" about a South African lieutenant colonel and brigadier.

Ramaphosa visited the Mountain Kingdom last month, fulfilling his role as regional facilitator following the August coup attempt that sent Thabane briefly into exile in South Africa.

Lesotho authorities haven't named the South African police officers whom they accuse of sabotaging Thabane's security.

They have not supplied details to motivate their suspicions.

Ramaphosa, through his spokesperson and the head of the SADC mission in Lesotho are not commenting on the call by Thabane's disparate coalition government.

South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have supplied police to protect the prime minister after the attempted coup.

The officer responsible for this, Lieutenant-General Tlali Kamoli, has not honoured a promise to turn himself in and quit the kingdom.