April 1, 2021


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The time for tomfoolery is over

The time for tomfoolery is over

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WHEN a sane person commits a crime, they should expect repercussions for their actions. That is, the law should be given a chance to take its course as no one in this land is above the law.

No amount of buffoonery or frolicsomeness can shield a criminal from the might of the law. Manipulation of the court system by applying for incessant rescheduling of cases or countless and enigmatic applications can only be pulled to a certain degree.  

At some point, the person or persons accused of a crime will finally have their day in court to stand trial. That is for certain.

It has happened before, it will definitely keep happening again, over and over again.

Whatever crime Lekhoele Noko, Khothatso Makibinyane and Molise Pakela might have committed against the army in May 2017, most certainly did not warrant the brutal ending they were forced to endure - death by strangulation.

The men might have been part of a known notorious famo music gang and perhaps had done their fair share of misconduct, but they deserved to have been brought before a legally established court, charged, prosecuted and convicted if found guilty of any wrongdoing.

They surely did not deserve to be eliminated like undesirable pests or stray dogs and thrown into a bottomless dam.

Their families had the right to see them go through Lesotho’s notoriously slow justice system that takes forever to make up its mind, like it happens with every other suspected criminal.

What they did not deserve was to see the broken bodies of their sons being fished out of the Mohale Dam like some mud fish and being made a spectacle of.

If justice is to be served, their suspected stranglers who included Brigadier Rapele Mphaki, Major Pitso Ramoepana, Captain Mahlehle Moeletsi, Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi, Lance Corporal Mahlomola Makhoali along with Privates Nthatakane Motanyane, Motšoane Machai, Liphapang Sefako, Nemase Faso and Tieho Tikiso should accordingly be prosecuted.

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Only the court can decide their fate after all the evidence has been thrashed out. If there is a bona-fide case against the 10 accused soldiers, then they should stand the heat like real men and serve time after their eventual conviction.

The delaying tactics that have been applied by their lawyers since the inception of the case are long overdue. Both the prosecution and the court have pronounced their steadfastness to commence proceedings.

The defence should therefore get its affairs in order so that the trial can begin, which is what everybody else expects, except of course those who are too keen to hide from the law.

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