Missing cop’s family hopeful

Missing cop’s family hopeful

MASERU – THE family of a missing cop, Mokalekale Khetheng, says it is hopeful that the mystery of his disappearance from police custody will be solved by the new government.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Khetheng’s younger brother Mabula Khetheng said it was obvious under the past administration that the disappearance was not going to be investigated.
“The police said nothing during the past government but now because the government is new we are waiting patiently to get answers,” Mabula said.

Khetheng was arrested and charged on allegations that he torched the house of his superior in Mokhotlong district where he was deployed.

The Leribe police arrested him in Sebothoane, his home village, in March last year.  That was the last time he was seen. Police claim he left the Hlotse police station without permission and they do not know where he is but the Khetheng family is arguing that the police must know where he is because they arrested him.

The family has since filed an application in the High Court seeking the Commissioner of Police Molahlehi Letsoepa to produce Khetheng dead or alive.
“If the police say he walked away from their custody without permission, why don’t they put his pictures in public places like they do with all runaway criminals?” Mabula quipped.
“Up to now they haven’t asked anyone about Khetheng or ask for the public to help search for him.” “This clearly shows that they know where he is or where his body is.” Hlotse Police Station admitted that indeed they arrested Khetheng.”

Moreover Mabula said the police detective said Khetheng went out to smoke and never came back while the other officer denied that Khetheng even arrived at the police station. “The two answers did not convince the family at all,” he said.

Mabula told thepost that what this shows is that “the police know something they don’t want to share with us” is that they were hostile to a policewoman officer who testified against them.
Police Constable ’Mabohlokoa Makotoko, who was stationed at Hlotse, told the High Court in an affidavit that she was one of the officers who arrested Khetheng.
Makotoko made the disclosure while contesting her transfer to the rural Tlalinyane Police Post on the outskirts of the Leribe district.

Makotoko claimed that after the arrest they were ordered by their superior not to take Khetheng to the Hlotse holding cells.
They however took him to the same Hlotse police station where he was later driven away.

Makotoko said a day after the arrest she received numerous calls from colleagues asking where Khetheng was. She said she became uncomfortable and she asked her boss who had ordered them not to take Khetheng to Hlotse.

Makotoko claimed her boss said he took Khetheng to Maputsoe police station where he was interviewed and released but was later rearrested by a team of soldiers and police officers from Maseru who said he was a dangerous person.

She said she did not believe the senior’s explanation and later heard rumours that Khetheng had been killed.
Makotoko further said she was called to the Law Office in Maseru where she was asked to lie about the arrest and disappearance of Khetheng, but she refused.
Six months later Makotoko was battling her dismissal case in the High Court for alleged misconduct.
The case is still pending in the High Court.

Mabula said this behaviour by the police “is a clear sign that they are hell-bent on ensuring that Khetheng’s disappearance remains a mystery.”
Mabula also said the family is worried with unconfirmed reports that Khetheng could have been drowned in the Katse Dam.
“We have not received any official information about that but as a family we are very worried,” he said.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Cliford Molefe said the case is in the hands of the court and therefore he could not comment.
“I do not talk about anything that is in court, as a matter of principle,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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