THE son of a factory worker who was shot during a salary protest in May and later died in hospital has asked the High Court to allow him to exhume his mother’s body in order to conduct another postmortem by an independent pathologist.
Aug. 27, 2021
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Son wants mum’s body exhumed
Factory workers blocking the Thetsane Road during the May salary protest
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In his application filed on Friday, Teboho Ramanase has cited as respondents, Tšepong (PTY) LTD, Netcare Lesotho (PTY) LTD, Queen 'Mamohato Memorial Hospital, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Commissioner of Police, Attorney General and the Maseru Private Hospital.
He wants some of the respondents to be restricted from interfering, expunging any documents, tampering or dealing in any manner whatsoever with documents showing the cause of his mother, Motšelisi Ramanase’s admission to hospital, the nature of injuries she sustained on May 25 and the cause of her death, pending finalisation of the matter.
He alleges that a medical form from the Maseru Private Hospital where the police reports that his mother was taken before being transferred to Tsépong reflects that she suffered gunshot wounds whereas the police contend that she was cut with a sharp object.
He says the respondents refused to hand over his mother’s medical file and medical certificate of the cause of death.
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He insists that some of the respondents are hiding the two documents because they want to hide the real cause of his mother’s death.
He states that he stands to suffer irreparable harm if the order is not granted.
Factory workers in Maseru and Maputsoe went on strike in May demanding salary increase.
Two people were shot during the demonstrations that ensued, one in Maseru and another in Maputsoe.