Mokhot­long man faces mur­der charges

Lesotho Times - - News - Keiso Mohloboli

A MOSOTHO man is in cus­tody in Kestell, South Africa fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges of mur­der fol­low­ing the dis­ap­pear­ances of over 20 peo­ple.

Let­sema Molefe (32) from Pae-la-itl­hat­soa in Mokhot­long is ac­cused of killing women and chil­dren from Le­sotho and South Africa, be­fore bury­ing them in shal­low graves at the Geduld farm he worked out­side Kestell.

He was ar­rested early this month and ap­peared be­fore the Kestell Mag­is­trate’s Court on 4 Novem­ber 2015 for a bail hear­ing. Dur­ing the hear­ing, mem­bers of the African Na­tional Congress Women’s League pick­eted the court­house de­mand­ing that Molefe be re­manded un­til the date of his trial.

How­ever, the sus­pected se­rial killer re­quested the court not to grant him bail, cit­ing his safety as rea­son. Ac­cord­ing to the Qwaqwa Ex­press, Molefe was re­manded to 3 De­cem­ber 2015.

Con­tacted for com­ment yes­ter­day, South African Po­lice Ser­vice spokesper­son for Qwaqwa, Sergeant ‘Mako Mophir­ing, said Molefe had been work­ing at Geduld Farm and stay­ing in a farm house since 2008. Sgt Mophir­ing said Molefe had been linked to the dis­ap­pear­ances of more than 20 peo­ple, adding that in­ves­ti­ga­tions were still on­go­ing.

“Ac­cord­ing to what the po­lice found, Molefe mu­ti­lated all his fe­male vic­tims and re­moved their wombs,” he said.

Sgt Mophir­ing said two lo­cal men who vis­ited the farm look­ing for steel to sell at a nearby scrap yard be­came sus­pi­cious af­ter they en­coun­tered a “bad smell” and saw a lot of flies in the area.

“Upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, they made a grue­some dis­cov­ery of two corpses,” he said.

“And when Molefe, who was also there, re­alised that his se­cret had been un­cov­ered, he ran away. The men re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice, and Molefe was later ar­rested at Car­letonville.”

Foren­sic ex­perts, Sgt Mophir­ing said, were busy in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the vic­tims were all women.

“With­out go­ing into too much de­tail, the po­lice so far have iden­ti­fied one vic­tim from in Qwaqwa and the two oth­ers from Malin­goa­neng and a three-year old girl. The foren­sic ex­perts are also car­ry­ing out tests to iden­tify the mother of the in­fant.”

Mean­while, Malin­goa­neng con­stituency Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Se­ri­a­long Qoo, yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times the sus­pect would en­tice un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims with job of­fers in Qwaqwa.

“The man would visit his home vil­lage dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­ri­ods and on mon­thends and prom­ise the vic­tims job op­por­tu­ni­ties in SA. The man would ap­proach peo­ple who al­ready knew him and where he came from. Most of the time, he tar­geted women and took them to the farm in Qwaqwa.”

Mr Qoo added: “I have asked the govern­ment and the Na­tional As­sem­bly to as­sist fam­i­lies of the vic­tims bring back their chil­dren from SA for proper buri­als as soon as the po­lice are done with their in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

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