Mul­ti­mil­lion fraud case post­poned

Lesotho Times - - News - Tefo Tefo

A MUL­TI­MIL­LION mal­oti fraud and theft case in­volv­ing for­mer Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank em­ploy­ees and some busi­ness­peo­ple will be heard in March next year af­ter a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing one of the ac­cused per­sons with­drew from the case.

Ad­vo­cate ‘Mole Khu­malo told High Court judge, Jus­tice ‘Mase­shophe Hla­joane, on Wed­nes­day last week he was with­draw­ing from the case af­ter be­ing in­formed his client, ‘Ma­makae ‘Me­fane, no longer re­quired his ser­vices.

High Court As­sis­tant Reg­is­trar, Staford Sharite, con­firmed the devel­op­ment this week.

“The case has been al­lo­cated new dates for hear­ing. It will pro­ceed from 14 to 17 March 2017 and from 27 to 31 March 2017,” he said.

“The new dates were set af­ter a new lawyer was ap­pointed to rep­re­sent the sec­ond ac­cused (Ms ‘Me­fane) af­ter she parted ways with her ini­tial lawyer. Mr Koili Nde­bele has been ap­pointed to rep­re­sent her and the time be­fore the hear­ing date will en­able the pros­e­cu­tion to give him the docket so that he can pre­pare for his de­fence,” he said.

Ms ‘Me­fane and Mamello Makote are for­mer Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank em­ploy­ees ac­cused of com­mit­ting the fraud and theft of­fences in 2013 while still in the em­ploy of the financial in­sti­tu­tion.

The duo were jointly charged with three busi­ness­peo­ple and their com­pa­nies.

The busi­ness­men are Karabo Moohlo, who owns KB Gen­eral Deal­ers and KB Con­struc­tion Ltd; Thato Tšosane who owns Tšosane Trans­port and Con­struc­tion Ser­vices and ‘Mabot­sang ‘Mat­soso who owns Mohau Trans­port (Pty) Lim­ited.

They are all ac­cused of de­fraud­ing the gov- ern­ment of M4.3 mil­lion that was kept at Stan­dard Le­sotho Bank be­tween Fe­bru­ary and April 2013.

Af­ter the sur­prise with­drawal from the case by Ad­vo­cate Khu­malo, Jus­tice Hla­joane called all the pros­e­cu­tion and the de­fence lawyers to her cham­bers.

Upon their re­turn, the judge an­nounced the post­pone­ment of the case to Mon­day this week.

Ad­vo­cate Khu­malo had been ap­pointed by the High Court to rep­re­sent Ms ‘Me­fane be­cause she could not af­ford her own lawyer.

The ac­cused are still on bail.

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