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Title:Lesotho's interactions with South Africa and regional organisations in Southern Africa
Author:Weisfelder, Richard F.ISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs (ISSN 1938-0275)
Geographic terms:Lesotho
South Africa
Subjects:international relations
Common Monetary Area
political history
Abstract:Media reports alleged in late 2012 that South Africa was treating Lesotho 'worse than ... under apartheid'. To test that premise, this article contrasts Lesotho's regional and bilateral interactions during the colonial and apartheid eras with present relationships. It reviews bilateral and regional factors that impact Lesotho, emphasizing Lesotho's roles in the Southern African Customs Union, the Common Monetary Area, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as diverse bilateral transactions with South Africa. Lesotho's experiences with SADC economic, political and security operations are evaluated. Whether a mutually beneficial relationship with South Africa is replacing the prior hegemonic pattern is questioned, especially after the peaceful transfer of power in 2012 to Lesotho's opposition parties. Dual citizenship, open borders, an economic union and even the remote possibility of political fusion are discussed. Finally, the article addresses how Basotho view border issues, why they have reservations about regionalism and political amalgamation, and why commitment to separate Lesotho statehood persists. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]