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Basotho cling to their independence in spite of serious political and economic challenges

Most Basotho, protective of their independence, are against intervention or assistance from neighbouring southern African countries to guarantee free elections and prevent human rights abuses in their country, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

Basotho are almost equally divided on whether the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU) are helpful to Lesotho or not, survey results show.

In addition, a majority of Basotho say their country should continue to be independent of South Africa, despite the two countries’ close ties.


Basotho dissatisfied with the way democracy is working

Only about one-third of Basotho are satisfied with the way democracy is working in their country, the 2014 Afrobarometer survey reveals.
Almost half of respondents in the recent survey say Lesotho is “a democracy with major problems” or “not a democracy at all.” These findings indicate significantly more negative public perceptions of Lesotho’s democracy than in 2012.

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Basotho see increased corruption despite government efforts

Basotho perceive an increased level of corruption in the past year, with the highest levels of perceived corruption among the police and business executives, according to Afrobarometer’s most recent survey. Survey results show that citizens are divided in their assessment of the government’s handling of the fight against corruption.