Mapisa-Nqakula: SADC has deployed officials to Lesotho, not SA

Lesotho army chief Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead by two military officers earlier this week.

FILE: Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Lindsay Dentlinger/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says that the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has sent a fact-finding mission to Lesotho in the wake of the assassination of the country’s defence force chief.

Khoantle Motsomotso was shot dead by two military officers three days ago, ratcheting up political tensions in the mountain kingdom.

The minister says that they’ve deployed officials.

“We have people on the ground as a region and not as South Africa. We are seeking information on what exactly has happened. We will also have a fact-finding mission which would start tomorrow.”

Answering questions in Parliament on Thursday, Mapisa-Nqakula told MPs that SADC defence force chiefs will also be meeting.

“I am aware that our defence force chiefs in the region will convene today or tomorrow to discuss the political situation.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)