SABC News - SADC suspends activities in Lesotho:Monday 18 January 2016

SADC suspends activities in Lesotho

Monday 18 January 2016 19:02

Nthakoana Ngatane

President Jacob Zuma was meeting with heads of states from other SADC countries in Botswana.

President Jacob Zuma was meeting with heads of states from other SADC countries in Botswana.(SABC)

A meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC's) security and defence in Gaborone, Botswana, has decided to take no further action in Lesotho for the next few months.

President Jacob Zuma says the decision was reached after the meeting failed to reach consensus on the report of the Commission of Inquiry that investigated the death of former Lesotho army commander Maaparankoe Mahao.  

Leaders of six other SADC countries have been holding talks with Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili.

SADC has decided to suspend all its activities in Lesotho until the bloc meets in August. There it wants the summit to suspend Lesotho if it refuses to accept the Judge Phumaphi report.

But President Zuma says SADC will release that report without Lesotho consensus.

SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Tax, says a full communiqué will be released on Tuesday.

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