Cop ac­cuses col­leagues of as­sault

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

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.

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