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SANDF accused of terrorising Lesotho rural farmers near border

The villagers say their livestock cross the river between the two countries and when they want to recover them, they're threatened by South African soldiers and the farmer.

FILE. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Lesotho farmers in the rural border village of Makhoakhoeng claim South African soldiers are terrorising them and helping a local farmer to impound their cattle.

The Lesotho Times is on Wednesday reporting that villagers live in fear as the soldiers work with the owner of Beginsel farmer in the Free State.

The villagers say their livestock cross the river between the two countries and when they want to recover them, they're threatened by South African soldiers and the farmer.

They have written to their government in Lesotho to intervene and the office of embattled Prime Minister Tom Thabane has confirmed that it received the petition.

SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said: “I will have to check with my commanders on the ground in that particular area. First and foremost, to check if we are deployed in that area. In the event that it is true, a disciplinary process is there for people who are on the wrong side of the law.”

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