Knives out for Molefe

Sunday Express - - NEWS - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

AS if be­ing re­moved from the in­flu­en­tial post of po­lice spokesper­son wasn’t enough, Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Molefe has had to con­tend with be­ing re­jected by the com­mu­nity in the Mo­hale’s Hoek district to which he was de­ployed last month.

The com­mu­nity has ac­cused Supt Molefe of be­ing ar­ro­gant and

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“overly pro­tec­tive” of the pre­vi­ous sev­en­party govern­ment in his role as po­lice spokesper­son. For his part, Supt Molefe re­fused to com­ment on the mat­ter when con­tacted by the Sun­day Ex­press, re­fer­ring this re­porter to his suc­ces­sor, In­spec­tor Mpiti Mopeli. “I am not in a po­si­tion to re­spond. I would rather have you talk to the po­lice spokesper­son as he is bet­ter placed,” Supt Molefe said. Insp Mopeli yes­ter­day con­firmed that the Mo­hale’s Hoek com­mu­nity had lodged a com­plaint on the de­ploy­ment of Supt Molefe in the district.

“We re­ceived news that the Mo­hale’s Hoek com­mu­nity sent a del­e­ga­tion of about eight peo­ple to the Mo­hale’s Hoek Po­lice sta­tion say­ing they don’t want Supt Molefe in their district as he did not co­op­er­ate with them when he was po­lice spokesper­son in the pre­vi­ous regime,” said Insp Mopeli.

The Pakalitha Mo­sisili-led seven-party former govern­ment was ousted af­ter fail­ing to muster the 61 req­ui­site seats to form govern­ment fol­low­ing the 3 June 2017 Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tions.

They could only muster 47 seats, with a four-party al­liance led by Prime Min­is­ter Thomas Tha­bane cob­bling to­gether their 63 seats to at­tain power.

Insp Mopeli in­di­cated that the com­mu­nity’s com­plaint was taken up by the Mo­hale’s Hoek sta­tion com­man­der who re­layed it to Act­ing Com­mis­sioner Holomo Moli­beli.

“The com­mis­sioner then re­quested for the com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives to come to his of­fice so that he could hear them out; of which they did,” he said.

“We are cur­rently do­ing ev­ery­thing in our power to ad­dress the is­sue. We are also go­ing to make sure that he (Supt Molefe) is not in any dan­ger since he was de­ployed there. In any case, ev­ery cit­i­zen de­serves such pro­tec­tion.”

Insp Mopeli said this was not the first in­ci­dent of a po­lice of­fi­cer be­ing re­jected by a com­mu­nity or his sub­or­di­nates but it was still “un­usual”.

Sources privy to the mat­ter ac­cused Supt Molefe of be­ing un­co­op­er­a­tive and do­ing the pre­vi­ous govern­ment’s bid­ding.

“He was al­ways an­gry and over pro­tec­tive of the pre­vi­ous regime and we don’t want him here as we feel he will not serve us well as the sec­ond most se­nior of­fi­cer at the Mo­hale’s Hoek po­lice sta­tion,” said the source.

“When we were told of his ar­rival and asked to wel­come him as one of our own, we found it very dif­fi­cult be­cause we knew very well what he had done in the past.

“One of us even stood up af­ter be­ing di­rected to give some wel­come re­marks and said he could not do so as Molefe’s con­duct pained them when he was still the po­lice spokesper­son.”

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