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Border security issues highlighted in Free State and North West

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A public hearing and an oversight visit in two provinces has brought home concerns about poor border security. A public hearing in North West province’s...

South African Air Force, Lesotho Defence Force strengthen ties

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Members of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) are in South Africa under a cooperation agreement aimed at furthering air arm training. Ad Astra intern Nondumiso...

Lesotho and SA hold summit to clamp down on cross-border crime

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South African police minister Bheki Cele is widely seen as one of the most public members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet being present at...

High level SADC security meeting in Windhoek

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Namibian President Hage Geingob today (Tuesday, 31 January) chairs a Southern African Development Community (SADC) “extraordinary organ troika summit” where the regional peace and...

Lesotho committed to peace and security post October elections, SADC hears

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The efforts of countries in the southern African region to bring at least a modicum of peace and security to the troubled mountain kingdom...

Porous Lesotho/SA border a concern

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A porous land border between the Free State and Lesotho is not only an illegal immigration and smuggling problem, but it also raises concerns...

Rogue Lesotho soldier demoted

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A Lesotho Defence Force soldier has been demoted after soliciting bribes from people entering into Lesotho from South Africa at the Van Rooyen’s border...

No winter slowdown in illegal immigrant flow

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Winter weather seemingly has no impact on illegal immigrants wanting access to South Africa with Batswanas and Namibians now also appearing on the list...

Ramaphosa talks reform with Lesotho king

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa turned back the pages to his time as Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) facilitator for Lesotho when he met...

ISS: Lesotho government paralysed by in-fighting

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The Southern African Development Community’s six-year-old reform process is in jeopardy. Lesotho has seemed from the outside to be fairly quiet since Moeketsi Majoro took...

SADC Mozambique force bolstered by Lesotho as Rwandans retake key port

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Lesotho has become the latest nation to contribute troops to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission in Mozambique, which was formally launched on...

Op Corona stops illegal liquor sales also nets drugs, counterfeit cosmetics...

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Among eleven recent successes listed by Eastern Cape Joint Tactical HQ for the Operation Corona border protection tasking, one jumps out as being new...

UAVs give police an edge in border livestock theft ops

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Landlocked Lesotho provides South African defence and law enforcement agencies tasked with border protection ongoing problems of which livestock theft is one. This was confirmed...

Soldiers recover goats and seize narcotics on Lesotho border

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Another indication of the ease with which contraband and stolen goods move into South Africa comes from the Eastern Cape where soldiers deployed to...

Lesotho Defence Force confiscates 80 illegal guns, dangerous weapons

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The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) through its Infantry Battalion 11 has confiscated 80 illegal firearms from community members especially those in the highlands of...

Lesotho man nabbed in ‘SANDF’ uniform

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Lesotho soldiers last week apprehended a Mosotho man putting on the South African Defence Force (SANDF) uniform in Maputsoe town towards the Ficksburg border...

Call for drones on Free State-Lesotho border

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Border protection in South Africa’s central province – Free State – is allocated R88 million a year and 370 soldiers but does not appear...

Two men nabbed over cattle theft

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Two Lesotho-born men residing in Matatiele, South Africa, were apprehended by the Lesotho Defence Force’s (LDF’s) 13 Infantry Battalion on Wednesday last week after...

SANDF delegation visits Lesotho to discuss security issues

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A delegation from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) arrived in Lesotho on Monday to discuss the apprehension and detention of two South...

Two SANDF members nabbed in Lesotho

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Two South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers were apprehended on Thursday night in Maseru after allegedly crossing into Lesotho without proper documents, police...

Link between border and rural security highlighted by Free State abduction

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Border security is by its nature ranked alongside rural security, sharing dangers including abduction and attackers escaping to a neighbouring country. Freedom Front Plus (FF+)...

Stock and other cross-border theft a regular occurrence on SA/Lesotho boundary

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South Africa might have new border management legislation in place but it’s not yet making an iota of difference along at least the border...

US donates personal protective equipment to Lesotho

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The US Department of Defence has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to Lesotho, including face masks, face shields and thermometers. Department of Defence personnel assigned...

Lesotho’s new PM sworn in but faces task of uniting fractious...

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Moeketsi Majoro was sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister on Wednesday, a day after his predecessor resigned under pressure over a scandal involving...

First COVID-19 case in Lesotho

Lesotho recorded its first case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the health ministry said, becoming the last country in southern and East Africa afflicted by...

Lesotho PM Thabane to resign by 22 May

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will resign by 22 May, his spokesman said, adding he knew nothing of a report that the prime minister...

Lesotho deploys more soldiers to boost border control

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Lesotho has beefed up border security with the deployment of more soldiers to control illegal crossing into the country. There were already some 1 000...

Thabane coalition folds

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s coalition fell apart in parliament spelling the end of his tenure and paving the way to resolution of a...

Lesotho PM Thabane’s powers to be limited

The king of Lesotho Letsie III assented to legislation preventing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane dissolving parliament and calling an election in the event of...

Former wife of Lesotho PM wanted divorce

Hours before she was shot dead on the outskirts of Maseru, Lesotho’s former first lady Lipolelo Thabane made a surprising decision. According to a close...

Time running out for Lesotho’s Thabane

Lesotho lawmakers and South African mediators said legislation awaiting aprroval of the king will see Prime Minister Tom Thabane, suspected of killing his ex-wife,...

Thabane not going

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will not be told when to leave office, a national newspaper reported, resisting efforts to defuse a political crisis...

“Dignified retirement” for Lesotho PM

Lesotho’s government agreed with South African mediators and political parties to implement a “dignified retirement” for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, a joint statement said,...

SA delegation to restore calm in Lesotho

South Africa will pursue talks to restore calm in Lesotho after Prime Minister Thomas Thabane sent soldiers and armoured vehicles onto Maseru streets to...

Army deployed on Lesotho streets

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane deployed the army in Maseru on Saturday against unnamed “rogue national elements” he said wanted to destabilise the southern...

Thabane skips Lesotho

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane left the country, missing a court appearance at where he was expected to be charged with murdering his estranged...

Lesotho PM to face murder charge

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will be charged with the murder of his late wife, the deputy police commissioner said in the latest twist...

Lesotho PM’s wife charged with murder

Lesotho police charged Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife with the murder of his previous spouse, the South African Broadcasting Corporation said. Police last month...

ISS: Lesotho’s future no clearer as Tom Thabane resigns

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Just when it looked like things couldn’t get worse in Lesotho, the country was again plunged into uncertainty last week with the announcement by...

Lesotho PM to resign – report

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announced his intention to resign, the SA Broadcasting Corporation reported. The alert on its TV news channel gave no...

Lesotho saluted for progress on peace talks

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President Cyril Ramaphosa applauded progress in efforts to restore peace in Lesotho. Speaking at the final Plenary of the Multi-Stakeholder National Dialogue on national reforms...

Exclusive: Lesotho Defence Force takes delivery of a new H125 helicopter

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The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) has commissioned into service a new H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, replacing one that crashed last year. The aircraft, registration...

Successful police operation sees livestock recovered

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A recent police-led and driven operation showed another important facet of South Africa’s national border protection effort – livestock recovery and confiscation. The operation to...

Lesotho reform process going smoothly – Sisulu

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The reform process in Lesotho is “progressing smoothly” according to International Relations and Co-operation minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Last November the Southern African Development Community (SADC)...

SA, Lesotho Ministers inspect border operations

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Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele and his Lesotho counterpart Minister Tsukutlane Au visited the Maseru Bridge Port of Entry on Monday. The walkabout was aimed...

Lesotho Defence Force receives H125 helicopter

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The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Air Wing has taken delivery of an H125 light utility helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, replacing a crashed EC135. The aircraft...

Job done for SAPMIL

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A year after opening offices in Maseru, the SADC Preventative Mission in Lesotho (SAPMIL) ceased operations having made "good progress" in restoring...

SANDF shares legal expertise with Lesotho

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The South African National Defence Force's (SANDF's) legal division has offered to assist its counterpart in the Lesotho Defence Force. This emerged from...

Leaders’ Forum meets in Lesotho

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Another step on the road to national peace and future stability in Lesotho came late last month with the convening of a...

Moseneke will work for peace in Lesotho

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Former South African Deputy Chief Justice Judge Dikgang Moseneke is optimistic appropriate solutions will be found for the political and security challenges...