Lesotho

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INFORMATION

Capital: Maseru

Government: Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Current King: King Letsie III

Economy:

  • Relies heavily on remittances from Basotho employed in South Africa, customs duties from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), and export revenue for the majority of government revenue.

Population: 1,969,334 (2020)

Land Size: 30,355 sq km (11,720 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Sotho: 99.7%
  • Europeans, Asians, and other: 0.3%
Religions:

  • Christian: 80%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 20%

Language(s):

  • Sesotho (official) (southern Sotho)
  • English (official)
  • Zulu
  • Xhosa

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Jul 2, 2020: Court Places Victoria Hotel Under Curatorship - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] HIGH Court judge Makara Molefi has granted the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO)'s application for the government-owned Victoria Hotel to be placed under curatorship.
  • Thu - Jul 2, 2020: Former First Lady's Friend Faces jail Over Plot to Smuggle Alcohol in Prison - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] A close friend of the former First Lady 'Maesaiah Thabane faces an M5 000 fine and two years' imprisonment after being caught attempting to smuggle alcohol to Ms Thabane.
  • Thu - Jul 2, 2020: Ritual Killer Scott Gets Life Sentence - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] CONVICTED double ritual murderer Lehlohonolo Scott has been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
  • Thu - Jul 2, 2020: Thabane's Children At War - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] FORMER Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's children have gone to war over their step-mother 'Maesaiah.
  • Thu - Jul 2, 2020: Lesotho Nationals to Receive SA COVID Grants - AllAfrica News: Lesotho
    [Lesotho Times] THOUSANDS of Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) holders and other asylum seekers are set to receive M350 grants over a six-month period from the South African government to cushion them from the effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.