Mo­hale Dam corpses search sus­pended

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - ’Marafaele Mohloboli

SOUTH african ex­perts en­gaged by the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho to search for corpses of three men who were al­leged dumped in the Mo­hale Dam have sus­pended oper­a­tions their wa­ters by mem­bers of the Le­sotho De­fence Force (LDF) have sus­pended the search due to bad weather.

The three de­ceased men were ar­rested by po­lice fol­low­ing a shoot­ing that had en­sued at Maseru bor­der gate in May this year. The shoot­ing in­ci­dent claimed the lives of a sol­dier and a street ven­dor.

Two days af­ter be­ing in­ter­ro­gated by po­lice, the trio namely, Lekhoele noko, Molise Pakela and khothatso Mak­ibinyane, were re­leased into the cus­tody of their relatives but they never made it home as they were way­laid and ab­ducted al­legedly by army of­fi­cers.

in­ves­ti­ga­tions have since shown that the trio were stran­gled to death before they were thrown into Mo­hale Dam over the bridge be­tween Ha ko­r­po­rala and Ha Mon­tši.

The search team, which also com­prises of the Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Unit (SOU) of the Le­sotho Mounted Po­lice Ser­vices (LMPS), be­gan oper­a­tions on Tues­day and ceased them on the same day, claim­ing they had to ac­cli­ma­tise before the ac­tual search.

The oper­a­tions failed to re­sume as planned on Thurs­day due to heavy rains and an­tic­i­pated snow fall.

The Sun­day Ex­press has since learnt that on Fri­day the South africans re­turned to their coun­try and will only be com­ing back af­ter be­ing given a di­rec­tive to do so. Their re­turn also de­pends on im­prove­ments in the weather con­di­tions.

Con­tacted for com­ment, in­spec­tor Mpiti Mopeli said “we are hope­ful that should the weather per­mit, oper­a­tions shall re­sume on Mon­day (to­mor­row).

“The only rea­son that we called off the search is the bad weather and once the skies have cleared ev­ery­thing will re­sume.”

nine soldiers have since been charged with the mur­der of the trio and they are cur­rently on re­mand in cus­tody.

The soldiers are Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi (43); Cap­tain Mahlehle Moeletsi ( 50); Lance Cor­po­ral Mahlo­mola Makhoali (32); Pri­vate Nthatakane Motanyane (24); Bri­gadier Rapele Mphaki (47); Motšoane Machai (39); Lipha­pang Se­fako (48); Ne­mase Faso (28) and Pri­vate Tik­iso (28).

DIVERS from the South African po­lice prepare to search for three men sus­pected of hav­ing been dumped in Mo­hale Dam by some mem­bers of the Le­sotho De­fence Force in May this year on Tues­day.

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