Lesotho Crisis: Blood in the streets & cop shot

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The political crisis in Lesotho has sparked moves to resume the parliament and talks in Pretoria. Tomorrow The Journalist will bring you rare and exclusive eye witness accounts.

A policeman who watched the attack says there was blood in the street and he saw a colleague shot.

“I was woken up by gunshots that sounded like they were right next to my window,” says Amohelang Keneuoe Kosene who lives metres away from the headquarters of the Special Operations Unit of the Lesotho police.

And it’s not the first time that the people of the Mountain Kingdom surrounded by South Africa has experienced political turmoil.

“During the 1994 coup, I was shot by a soldier. It was on the same day my grandmother died. It was a very traumatic experience. I lost many years of schooling and still have pain. I’ll possibly have to have one more operation soon,” says young Lerato Molisana.

“I was glued to Twitter and radio as my main forms of news at all times,” says Makate Maieane, a University of the Free State student who was trying to access news about his family in Lesotho.

“There seems to be a lack of confidence in democracy or amicable ways of resolving matters and this is a warning to the nation that democracy is under threat,” says another UFS student Bonang Michael Mochochoko.

Read the full story on Wednesday September 3rd at The Journalist.

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