2 SANDF soldiers and 2 SA border officials arrested in Lesotho

21st August 2020

Lesotho police have arrested two members of the South African National Defence Force and two border officials on charges of contravening COVID-19 travel restrictions.

According to Eyewitness News, the group went into Lesotho to fill up with petrol without passports.

While South African border officials regularly cross over to Lesotho towns to fill up with petrol, speculations have viewed the arrest as retaliation for the two Lesotho soldiers who were arrested for crossing into South Africa while pursuing livestock thieves last month.

Lesotho spokesperson Mpiti Mopeli said that the South African group would be charged for entering the Kingdom in contravention of travel restrictions.

The Lesotho Defence Force reportedly expressed shock at the fact that their soldiers were not offered the same courtesy that SANDF soldiers get when they chase livestock thieves across the border into Lesotho.

The group is expected to appear in court on Friday while the Lesotho duo is still in custody in the Eastern Cape.

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