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SADC to meet over Lesotho

SADC leaders will once again gather in Pretoria to seek a solution to instability in Lesotho.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa pays King Letsie III a courtesy call at Lesotho Royal in Maseru, Lesotho on 1 July 2015. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - SADC leaders will once again gather in Pretoria to seek a solution to instability in Lesotho.

This call is from Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who was sent to the mountain kingdom for urgent talks following the slaying of a former army chief.

The leaders will gather as they did last year following an attempted coup, to deliberate on Lesotho's slide to violence and instability.

Ramaphosa got home last night after he met King Letsie III and Prime Minister Phakalitha Mosisili.

Responding to Lesotho's call for assistance in probing the killing of former army chief Maaparankoe Mahao, South Africa will send a pathologist to help with post-mortem tests.

Zimbabwe and Namibia will send experts to help in the investigation.

'DANGEROUS SITUATION'

The leader of the Basotho National Party Khusela Maseribane, said he fled with a number of other political leaders and members of the media amidst a dangerous security situation.

Maseribane has w arned that the situation could further deteriorate due to military general Tlali Kamoli, who he said is implicated in the murder of another commander last week.

Maseribane said mass protests are being organised to oppose Kamoli's actions.

"This could lead that direction where you could that people are just holding themselves. There is going to be a huge mass protest that is been organised by the NGOs. Even the lawyers have fled Lesotho, the justice system feels threatened, the whole country feels threatened by this gentleman called Kamoli.

Ramaphosa made frequent trips to Lesotho last year, where he was tasked with the role to broker a deal between the then government under Thomas Thabane, who had also fled the country following a coup that forced him to seek shelter in South Africa.