People's Charter Movement

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The People's Charter Movement is a political organisation in Lesotho that advocates for the annexation of the Kingdom of Lesotho into the Republic of South Africa.

The exact objectives of the PCM are not entirely clear as it has at times advocated for outright annexation while at other times calling for the two governments "to embark on discussions that could ultimately result in a special type relationship between the two countries--be it a union, a federation or a unified state".[1] The PCM advocates merger into South Africa owing to the desperate economic conditions in Lesotho, aggravated by an AIDS crisis that has affected more than 400,000 people.[2] While the PCM advocates the dissolution of Lesotho as a sovereign state, it argues for retention of autonomy and the status of the King of Lesotho.


  1. ^ Scott Rosenberg, Richard F. Weisfelder (2013). Historical Dictionary of Lesotho. Scarecrow Press. p. 256. ISBN 9780810879829. 
  2. ^ PCM>