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Nov. 23, 2021

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Khetheng murder trial takes off again

Khetheng murder trial takes off again

The first accused, Senior Superintendent Thabo Tšukulu

Story highlights

  • Witness claims he was never promised anything in return for his testimony
  • Lawyer accuses witness of being economical with the truth in his evidence

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THE trial against four senior police officers who face the murder charges of their subordinate, Police Constable (PC) Mokalekale Khetheng finally took off in the High Court on Monday after numerous postponements which hindered its process.

When the matter that continues before Justice Charles Hungwe from Zimbabwe resumed, PC Tumelo Ntoane was still in the witness box under cross examination by one of the defence lawyers, King’s Counsel (KC) Karabo Mohau.

He testified that he was never told about becoming an accomplice witness in the case, adding that he did not hope to gain anything from his testimony.

“The prosecution did not promise me anything for agreeing to testify against the accused,” he said, denying to have been economical with the truth in his testimony.
Khetheng is alleged to have died at the hands of the Hlotse police, but this has been refuted by the defence who claims that the deceased was never arrested in the first place.

Khetheng who was at the time of his disappearance stationed in Mokhotlong was arrested on March 26, 2016 and was thereafter never seen alive again.

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Senior Superintendent Thabo Tšukulu along with Mabitle Matona, Mothibeli Mofolo and Haleokoe Taasoane are charged with his murder.

The four were stationed at the Hlotse Police Station where Khetheng was allegedly detained after his arrest. At the time, Tšukulu commanded the Leribe police.

In their defence, the accused claim that Khetheng left the police station of his accord.

The accused also face charges including perjury and defeating ends of justice. LeNA

 

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