Motšo­motšo urges re­gional co­op­er­a­tion

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POLIC OLICE are yet to make ar­rests into a rob­bery which took place at a Chi­nese-owned su­per­mar­ket in Qoal­ing Ha-Mam­pho on Tues­day evening. Three me men iden­ti­fied them­selves as po po­lice of­fi­cers to an as­sista tant at the shop’s en­trance b be­fore pro­ceed­ing to the t till and help­ing thems selves to the cash and c cig­a­rettes. Ac­cord­ing to one of the shop’s em­ploy­ees who r re­quested anonymity for se­cu­rity rea­sons, two of t the rob­bers were in civ vil­ian cloth­ing while the o other was wear­ing what friend­ship among Air Chiefs and Air Arm/Wing Com­man­ders of var­i­ous Air Forces and Air Arms/Wings in the re­gion,” said Maj-Gen Motšo­motšo.

“Dis­tin­guished SADC Air Chiefs, Com­man­ders, ladies and gen­tle­men, you should con­tinue work­ing to­gether be­cause of the im­mense re­spon­si­bil­ity placed upon your­selves, hence my en­cour­age­ment to you to ac­cept and share the bur­den to be part of your work­ing sys­tem. ap­peared like Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vice (LMPS) uni­form.

“When the men ar­rived at the shop when we had just closed for the day, they just waved their iden­tity cards in our faces and told us that they were there to do their job, and that they should be al­lowed in.

“Two were wear­ing or­di­nary clothes while the third man was in po­lice uni­form from head to toe. Since they had flashed their IDs at the as­sis­tant and the other one was in po­lice uni­form, we had no rea­son not to be­lieve they were po­lice of­fi­cers. Although we had closed for the day, we let them in since they said they were on duty,” the em­ployee said.

How­ever, all hell broke loose once the men were in­side the shop.

“One of them slapped our Chi­nese boss who was at the till as he de­manded cash,

“In a con­tin­u­ously shrink­ing world, in­ter­ac­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the armed forces, in par­tic­u­lar in the air do­main to ad­dress mu­tual chal­lenges, is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing the norm.

“There­fore, the need ex­ists to ad­vo­cate for co­op­er­a­tion among the Air Forces and Air Arms/ Wings in or­der to plan, man­age and en­sure a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment in the re­gion which should place high pre­mium on hu­man se­cu­rity.” while the other went to the se­cu­rity guard and tried to take his gun. The other man was con­trol­ling the cus­tomers and telling them not to panic, and he then told all of us to get down on the floor. They con­tin­ued to look for money which they be­lieved was hid­den some­where in the shop but couldn’t get any.

“The only money they found was the one in the till and I don’t know how much it was. They also took a car­ton of cig­a­rettes and some air­time and left. I don’t know if they had a get­away car or left on foot.”

Po­lice spokesper­son Clif­ford Molefe yes­ter­day con­firmed the in­ci­dent and said no one had been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the crime.

“We have opened a case of rob­bery and are also go­ing to make in­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the mis­use of our po­lice uni­form. This will be dealt with ac­cord­ingly and who­ever is found in il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of our uni­form, will an­swer for it,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent Molefe.

Po­lice spokesper­son clif­ford

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