Death of Lesotho first lady not confirmed as political killing

The estranged wife of Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane has died and another woman injured following a shooting in Lesotho on Wednesday.

The shooting comes a day before Thabane's inauguration as Lesotho’s Prime Minister after winning the country’s elections earlier this month.

Very little is known about first lady Lipolelo Thabane's death at this stage, reports EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish.

She was in a car, they saw a man on the side of the road. He turned a gun on them.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN's Africa Correspondent

He says her death spells bad news for Lesotho which has seen a great deal of political uncertainty.

Read: Fatal shooting of Tom Thabane's wife creates uncertainty in Lesotho

According to Cornish, there is no indication about whether her killing was political and how it will affect the inauguration at this stage.

The couple separated in 2012 but had not yet divorced and she had gone to court to be recognised as the first lady during his previous rule.

The Lesotho police have not made a statement, Cornish explains.

Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been a SADC facilitator in Lesotho and his spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said they would like to see the inauguration continue as scheduled.

Take a listen to Cornish reflect on Thabane's controversial leadership:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Death of Lesotho first lady not confirmed as political killing


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Wits Nehawu members down tools over salaries

Nehawu Wits acting secretary Tumisho Madihlaba says negotiations with management deadlocked resulting in a strike.

Former Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz under fire for signing off R400 mil payment

Former Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz under fire for signing off R400 mil payment

‘Documents show that the fee contract was entered into by Anoj Singh & signed off by the acting CEO Sean Maritz' - Chris Yelland

‘Qedani Mahlangu helped people die then she ran away’ – Stephen Grootes

‘Qedani Mahlangu helped people die then she ran away’ – Stephen Grootes

Stephan Grootes shares his views on the events that unfolded at Life Esidimini and comments on Qedani Mahlangu’s apology.

Fatal shooting of Tom Thabane's wife creates uncertainty in Lesotho

Fatal shooting of Tom Thabane's wife creates uncertainty in Lesotho

The estranged wife of Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane, Lipolelo, was shot while travelling with another woman.

All eyes on Tom Thabane to see who he chooses for coalition government

All eyes on Tom Thabane to see who he chooses for coalition government

Thomas Thabane All Basotho Convention (ABC) won 48 parliamentary seats in Lesotho's recent general elections.

May the Fourth be with you, a celebration of Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with you, a celebration of Star Wars Day

May 4 marks "May the Fourth be with you," Day celebrated by fans George Lucas' fans of his Star Wars global movie franchise.

Popular articles
Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Considering emigration? Financial planner discusses the affordability of leaving

Can you afford to leave South Africa? Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Barry O'Mahony on what to consider before deciding.

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

'SAA’s collapse plays nicely into hands of a politically constrained Ramaphosa'

After dithering for fear of spending political capital, SAA is now out of the President’s hands, says Pieter du Toit (News24).

Minister Fikile Mbalula appoints permanent Road Accident Fund board

Minister Fikile Mbalula appoints permanent Road Accident Fund board

Eyewitness News reporter Bonga Dlulane gives details of the new board and the mandate they have been given by the minister.

Jehova Retshepile Wena star Neyi Zimu has passed away

Jehova Retshepile Wena star Neyi Zimu has passed away

The Gospel star succumbed to a long illness on Wednesday night.

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

There is no Ubuntu in how Khanya Cekeshe has been treated - Thuli Madonsela

Former public protector says the eight-year sentence was too harsh and it shouldn't matter that he was not a Wits student.

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

‘South Africans are getting poorer and poorer because of politics’

SAA is a classic example, says Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist at Alexander Forbes Investments.

[VIDEO] People in amusement park thrown off ride in Thailand goes viral

[VIDEO] People in amusement park thrown off ride in Thailand goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.