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‘Explosive security situation’ rocks Lesotho

Cyril Ramaphosa has been urgently sent to Lesotho amid concerns about an apparent security situation.

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

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is being urgently sent to Lesotho amid concerns about an apparent 'explosive security situation' in that country.

President Jacob Zuma, concerned about developments in the small mountainous Kingdom, is sending Ramaphosa, to consult with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.

Zuma, as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on politics, has decided to deploy Ramaphosa, who is the SADC facilitator to that country.

Ramaphosa had brokered a peace deal after a coup attempt last year, which brought forward elections to February this year.

The move comes after three opposition party leaders fled the country and a former Lesotho army commander was killed.

Maaparankoe Mahao was allegedly shot dead by soldiers in his home on the outskirts of Maseru on Thursday.

Zuma had last week sent a ministerial organ fact finding mission to Lesotho to assess the situation there.

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