Cop accuses colleagues of assault
FORMER police deputy spokesperson, Senior Inspector Lerato Motseki ( pictured), says she was assaulted by seven colleagues for allegedly divulging information related to the killing of Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife – Lipolelo Thabane.
Sen Insp Motseki yesterday told the Lesotho Times the alleged assault took place at Mabote Police Station on Monday after having been summoned to Police Headquarters in Maseru.
Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) spokesperson Inspector Mpiti Mopeli confirmed to this publication that Sen Insp Motseki had been asked to report to Police Headquarters on Monday.
He, however, expressed no knowledge of the alleged assault, saying no such case had been lodged with the law enforcement agency.
Ms Thabane was shot dead by an unknown assailant as she was about to drive into her Ha ‘Masana home on 14 June 2017. The incident occurred just two days before the inauguration of Dr Thabane as Lesotho’s prime minister.
A female companion also sustained serious injuries. No arrests have been made thus far but investigations are ongoing according to the police.
Sen Insp Motseki, who was recently transferred to Pitso Ground Police Station, told this paper she received a phone call on Monday asking her to report to her former workplace at the Police Headquarters on the same day.
Upon arrival, she was driven to Mabote Police Station by the LMPS members who had called her.
“I think we arrived there at 12 noon and I was interrogated by seven male police officers who asked me the name of the persons I had given ‘M’e Lipolelo’s RCI (case) number to,” she said.
“They said I was the only one who could have given the number to one Facebook character called Tumelo Nthathakane. They showed me one of the Facebook posts he had made against the police. They accused me of conspiring with that individual.”
Sen Insp Motseki said her protestations that she did not know what her interrogators were talking about infuriated them further.
“They told me to remove the clothes I had put on my upper body and I was left with a vest. They handcuffed, strangled me with a plastic bag which had water in it, tightened my feet and started beating me up. The whole ordeal lasted for some hours because we only left Mabote Police Station at around 4:15 pm,” she said.
Throughout the whole ordeal, Sen Insp Motseki claimed that the seven police officers accused her of being a “tough woman” and that they would “beat the truth” out of her.
She was also informed that the Nthathakane character was using the leaked case number to insult acting Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli.
“I have not given anyone the said case number and I told them I don’t know what is so special about this case number because the police give people case numbers all the time,” Sen Insp Motseki said, adding that she was on her way to the hospital.
For his part, Insp Mopeli confirmed that Senior Inspector Motseki was requested to report at the Police Headquarters on Monday.
“I however don’t know any further details pertaining to this matter and as we speak, there is no case which has been reported to that effect,” he said.