NUM rep picked for questioning

NUM rep picked for questioning

Staff Reporter

MASERU – A REPRESENTATIVE of the South Africa-based National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in Lesotho, Montoeli Masoetsa, was yesterday picked up for questioning by the police.
Masoetsa was ‘picked up’ after he participated in an in-depth discussion on the political and security situation in Lesotho on Harvest FM’s current affairs programme Rise and Shine.
He was picked up immediately after he got out of the studio.
However, police spokesman Superintendent Clifford Molefe said Masoetsa was not arrested but “was called to help the police with information pertaining to certain cases we are investigating which he talked about”.
Molefe declined to reveal the cases of interest to the police that Masoetsa talked about in the programme.
“It is incorrect to say we arrested him because we only wanted him to shed some light on the cases,” Molefe said.
“There were some things that he said that we felt could be of help in cases we are investigating.”
Some of the cases that Masoetsa talked about include the killing of former Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) boss Maaparankoe Mahao. Masoetsa mentioned the names of soldiers whom the Court of Appeal said were present when Mahao was killed and are believed to have also been mentioned in the SADC Commission of Inquiry report.
Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili had expunged part of the report where the names appeared arguing the soldiers had not been afforded a chance to defend themselves.
The names were however revealed after Lieutenant General Tefo Hashatsi attached a letter to his court papers in an application in which he was challenging Justice Phumaphi and his commission’s legality.
Hashatsi, who was implicated during the commission’s hearing, has since lost the appeal. Masoetsa also touched on other alleged criminal activities perpetrated by soldiers that include the killings in Mafeteng which are contained in the Justice Phumaphi report.
Masoetsa was unavailable on his mobile phone when thepost sought his comment before going to print last night.

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