Sol­dier among sus­pects ar­rested for Thet­sane killings

Lesotho Times - - News - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

THREE sus­pects, among them a mem­ber of the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF), were re­manded in cus­tody yes­ter­day over the fa­tal shoot­ing of Ka­belo Nkhahle and Mot­latsi Hlome­lang Tsoamotse in Thet­sane last month.

Tšeliso Hlalane (23), Mosa Kori (30) and Mpho Fako (33) are ac­cused of killing the pair close to a fill­ing sta­tion in Thet­sane on 20 March.

The three are also be­ing charged with pos­sess­ing an un­li­censed firearm and 31 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, thereby vi­o­lat­ing the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Act.

The Maseru Mag­is­trate’s Court re­manded the pair to 13 April, with Mag­is­trate Ma­supha Kao ad­vis­ing them of their right to le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and ap­ply for bail be­fore the High Court should they wish to do so.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice spokesper­son Clifford Molefe, the firearm was found dur­ing a raid in Litha­ba­neng on Tues­day night which re­sulted in the ar­rest of Kori and Fako.

Hlalane, who is a mem­ber of the LDF, was later ar­rested at Makoanyane Bar­racks with the as­sis­tance of Mil­i­tary In­tel­li­gence mem­bers who even en­sured his ap­pear­ance be­fore the court yes­ter­day.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Mot­latsi Map­ola said the po­lice were grate­ful for the army’s co­op­er­a­tion in Hlalane’s ar­rest.

“We are very grate­ful for the co­op­er­a­tion we re­ceived from the army and are con­vinced with such col­lab­o­ra­tion, we are go­ing to beat crim­i­nals who are caus­ing so much havoc in our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Sen Supt Map­ola said.

Mean­while, Nkhahle was laid to rest in Maseru East last Satur­day, whilst Tsoamotse would be buried this week­end in Mazenod.

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