Coun­cil, po­lice warn ven­dors

Lesotho Times - - News - Retha­bile Pitso

“Since Oc­to­ber last year, all the re­ported mur­der cases have taken place in the evening or at night. Th­ese cases are as fol­lows: in Oc­to­ber, four peo­ple who in­cluded chil­dren, were killed, and two more es­caped with se­ri­ous in­juries. Later, near Se­fika area, a man was killed while an­other was shot near Roma taxi rank. Both in­ci­dent took place in the evening.

“Near Manonyane Cen­tre, three more peo­ple in­clud­ing an in­no­cent ven­dor were in­jured by a stray bul­let. And just this last Sun­day, ‘Bushy’ who was one of the ac­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers of one of your as­so­ci­a­tions was shot and killed. This should be enough to say even you, you are in dan­ger of be­ing caught up in the fra­cas.”

Ac­cord­ing to In­spec­tor Map­ola, the po­lice were hunt­ing the killers.

“We wish to ask any­one who can come for­ward to help us cap­ture six sus­pects that are be­lieved to be be­hind the on­go­ing killings. One of the sus­pects has been iden­ti­fied as Le­bo­hang Rantso of Sehlabeng Ha Mo­jela who is sus­pected of killing Retha­bile ‘Bushy’ Male­fane on Sun­day.

“We urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion about his where­abouts to come for­ward and tell the po­lice. We can­not re­veal the names of the other five be­cause we have not ob­tained their pic­tures,” he said.

Mean­while, some of the street ven­dors at­tend­ing the event ex­pressed skep­ti­cism about the way the au­thor­i­ties were ad­dress­ing the is­sue.

“The po­lice do not seem to have enough ca­pac­ity to drive out th­ese crim­i­nals from our busi­nesses. They al­ways dis­ap­point when­ever we re­port crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties be­cause of their slow re­sponse to crime.

“We also can­not af­ford to pull off our struc­tures ev­ery time we close busi­ness for the day, only to put them back on again in the morn­ing. We will not stop open­ing our busi­nesses at night be­cause that is when we make money. we have re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and we need the money,” said one of the ven­dors who gave his name as Mat­sepo Nt­sohle.

SOME of the ven­dors lis­ten to coun­cil of­fi­cials and the po­lice ad­dress yes­ter­day.

Se­nior in­spec­tor Mot­latsi Map­ola..

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