Lesotho's police commissioner Khothatso Tsooana told a media conference at the polices headquarters in Maseru that the presence of the South African Police Service constitutes a foreign intervention.
MASERU - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane is back in his home country after fleeing the landlocked mountain kingdom at the weekend following an attempted coup.
The prime minister arrived in the country on Wednesday under the protection of the South African Police Service.
Several SAPS units have been spotted in the country, including K9 and crime combating.
Earlier on Wednesday the Lesotho National Police Commissioner Khothatso Tsooana told a media conference at the police’s headquarters in Maseru that the presence of the South African Police Service constitutes a foreign intervention – a decision he said the Lesotho police had nothing to do with it.
We need to do investigations of all the crimes that have been committed by this group of soldiers and others.
"There are processes now that are continuing not on the police level but on the national level and the SADC (Southern African Development Community) level and these are the results of that. Decisions were made by the Troika in Pretoria and the chairman of Troika (South African) President Jacob Zuma was there and other revelant participants and they made the decision – so clearly this one is beyond me as commissioner of police," he said.
The commissioner, who had fled the country following attacks on police stations and officers, arrived at the headquarters under heavy police presence and the protection of heavily armed elite special task force members.
Soon after his address, several SAPS units entered the premises with dogs on what seemed like a security sweep of the offices before police return to their posts.
Tsooana also said police would be out in full force to stabilise the situation.
"All police officers are to back to work with immediate effect because we need to do investigations of all the crimes that have been committed by this group of soldiers and others," he said.
The commissioner said around 100 guns were taken from police stations, including at the special support unit and special operations unit.
But the number of guns is expected to increase as investigations continue and police tally up their losses.