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Sick lawyer disrupts Khetheng murder trial

KC Zwelakhe Mda


May 22, 2021 2 min read

2 min read


THE matter in which four police officers are charged with the murder of Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng in March 2016, has been postponed to May 26, after one of the defence lawyers King’s Counsel Zwelakhe Mda fell ill and was unable to make it to court.

Two Crown witnesses who are both police officers have already testified in the trial.  

When the long-awaited case was rescheduled on Thursday, the second witness Senior Inspector ’Mabohlokoa Makotoko was on the stand.

She had told the court that she was part of a police team that went in search of Khetheng who was wanted for arson.

Makotoko who was based in Hlotse at the time Khetheng went missing said Leribe police mounted a serious manhunt for the elusive policeman.

After searching everywhere in his home village of Sebothoane, Leribe, police found him on March 26, 2016 at a neighbour’s house where a traditional feast was being held.


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Following his arrest, Khetheng was never seen alive again.

The accused include Senior Superintendent Thabo Tšukulu along with Mabitle Matona, Mothibeli Mofolo and Haleokoe Taasoane.

They also face charges of perjury and defeating ends of justice.

The case continues before Judge Charles Hungwe.

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