Woman gives chill­ing tes­ti­mony

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‘Mase­qao Chobokoane of Ha-‘mamotho vil­lage on Tues­day told the court how her neigh­bour died in her house six years ago.

Chobokoane was tes­ti­fy­ing in a case in which four men from her vil­lage —Thabo Ntho­nyane (49), Mot­sapi Monya­mane (43), sello Mo­hat­lane (32), Tšokolo Mphoto (35), and another from Monyakoane vil­lage, seabata Ntho­nyane (53)— are be­ing charged with mur­der in the High Court.

The five are ac­cused of killing Sekukuru Ra­mataboee on 6 De­cem­ber 2009.

Ms Chobokoane told the court: “on that fate­ful night at around 8pm, I was al­ready in bed with my four chil­dren when I heard whis- tles in the vil­lage.

“sud­denly, I heard some­one shout­ing at my door say­ing I should open for him as there were peo­ple chas­ing him with the in­ten­tion to kill him.

“at that par­tic­u­lar mo­ment, I did not know who that per­son was. as I tried to open the door, some­thing hit it and it cracked.

“The per­son at the door then shouted say­ing Mohlomi (who has since died) had stabbed him.”

she fur­ther told the court that when the now-de­ceased even­tu­ally got into the house, he had a wound on the fore­head.

“He told me that Mohlomi and sello Mo­hat­lane had stabbed him with knives and were stand­ing at the door.

“I locked the door. In fact, I could hear there were peo­ple at the door.

“af­ter a few min­utes, I heard Mohlomi and sampo shout­ing and call­ing me a bitch and that I should open the door be­cause they wanted to kill Ra­mataboee whom they re­ferred to as a dog,” she said.

The wit­ness fur­ther told the court that she the put out her paraf­fin lamp, and shouted for the as­sailants to “get in and take him”. Mrs Chobokoane said no one got in. “Sud­denly the ruf­fling at the door stopped. af­ter some­time, another one of the ac­cused, Thabo Ntho­nyane, ar­rived, shout­ing that I should open the door so they could kill Ra­mataboee.

“But I shouted back that he should get in and take him.

“I then peeped through the win­dow and saw a group of men, and among those peo­ple, I iden­ti­fied Tšokolo Mphoto,

“I tried to talk to the now-de­ceased who was al­ready ly­ing on the floor, but he was un­able to re­spond,” she said.

af­ter re­al­is­ing that the as­sailants had left, Mrs Chobokoane said she sent her son to fetch her neigh­bour, Mo­jaki Moth­ibeli, and then called the po­lice.

“The po­lice ex­am­ined the body and took it away,” she said.

The case pro­ceeds be­fore Jus­tice Te­boho Moiloa, and is be­ing pros­e­cuted by ad­vo­cate Kananelo Khoboko. The ac­cused are rep­re­sented by ad­vo­cate Khosi Le­suthu.

clean­ing of the site, prepa­ra­tion of foun­da­tions and in­stal­la­tion of re­in­forc­ing steel for the mast and other con­crete plinths (build­ing, gen­er­a­tor and satel­lite dish), cast­ing of con­crete, in­stal­la­tion of pal­isade fenc­ing as well as drainage and weed-con­trol.”

other tow­ers that were still work in progress are Tey­ateya­neng, Ha Ponoane in Roma; Up­per Moyeni in quthing; Ratjo­mose in Maseru and Chafu in Leribe.

The min­is­ter said the dig­i­tal broadcasting ser­vices would re­quire tele­vi­sion view­ers to buy a “set-top-box” de­coder to con­vert the sig­nal.

“There is no need to buy a new tele­vi­sion set to re­ceive dig­i­tal broadcasting ser­vices, when you have a set-top-box. The price of a set-top-box is cur­rently be­ing ne­go­ti­ated. This box will of­fer all freeto-air chan­nels at no cost,” said Mr Let­satsi.

“The Govern­ment of the King­dom of Le­sotho has de­cided and taken steps to es­tab­lish a set-top-box as­sem­bly plant in Ma­put­soe to pro­duce Le­sotho’s own set-top-boxes.”

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