Lesotho's Deputy Prime Minister, Selometsi Baholo, is shot dead by dissident soldiers during an apparent kidnapping attempt. They also seize four cabinet ministers, Shakhane Mokhehle, Monyane Moleleki, Pakalitha Mosisili and Kelebone Maope in the mutiny over a planned government probe into the army.
Parliament, whose members probably fear for their own safety, adjourns immediately. Lesotho's President Mokhehle appeals for South African intervention, but his request is turned down. Despite South Africa's refusal of military assistance, South African Defence Force (SADF) is asked to contact its Lesotho counterparts to urge them to keep the situation calm for fear of a military coup or the imposition of sanctions on the tiny kingdom by the international community.
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