Former Moafrika  journalist gunned down

Former Moafrika journalist gunned down

MASERU – FORMER Moafrika FM news anchor, Lekena Mohale, who is the son of popular famo musician, Mantša, was shot dead on Sunday.
It is suspected that Mohale was killed during clashes between warring illegal gold miners, called zama zamas, in disused South African mines in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

Mantša, who said he felt embarrassed that his only son could have engaged in illegal mining, said he was inconsolable.
Mohale, 30, was killed along with his cousin.

Mantša said preliminary investigations by the police had shown that there were quarrels over the spoils with other miners.
“They wanted a meaningful share of the spoils,” he said.

He said it is reported that while the cousins were relaxing and had forgotten about the previous differences, their colleagues came back armed to the teeth and sprayed them with bullets.

Mantša said some of the suspects had since been arrested by the police while some are still at large.
The suspects are from Matsieng in Maseru district.

He said one of the suspects is a close friend of his son and they were working together.
Mohale left Lesotho 11 months ago to join the illegal gold diggers.

He is one of the many Basotho who have died in the South Africa mines while trying to escape the biting poverty and unemployment in Lesotho.
There is disturbing trend of Basotho who are killing each other in the South African mines over gold.

Mantša said the remains of his son and nephew will be brought home for burial once the post-mortems are done.
He said the burial dates will also be set once the remains have been repatriated.

“This is a case of two deaths under one roof because Lekena’s cousin also grew up in the Mohale family,” Mantša said.
Mohale is survived by his wife and two children.

Majara Molupe

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