Taxi boss killed

Taxi boss killed

MAFETENG – A MAFETENG-based taxi businessman who survived a gun fight with a famo music gang defector last year was gunned down in a dramatic shootout on Monday morning.
Police spokesperson Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed that Thulo Motau was attacked by an unknown man at around 9am at his site in the Hospital Area.

Motau is a lieutenant of a famo gang leader, Sarele Sello known as Lehlanya.
Lehlanya himself broke away from his former boss Rethabile Mokete, known as Mosotho Chakela, to form his Ha e Tlale Hlanyisa gang.
Chakela and Lehlanya’s gangs have been fighting for the past year.

The attacker did not make it out alive after a man who was with Motau rushed to the car, pulled out a gun and shot dead the attacker.
Supt Mopeli said it was unclear whether the man who fought in Motau’s corner was the 35-year-old businessman’s bodyguard.
Supt Mopeli said Motau was rushed to a hospital where he was confirmed dead. His attacker died on the spot.
He said the identity of Motau’s killer was known after police recovered his driver’s license.
“We found a driver’s license from the deceased and that’s how we managed to know his names,” Supt Mopeli said.

He said circumstances surrounding the shooting were still unclear.
“We are still investigating the matter and we will get to know once our investigations are complete,” Supt Mopeli said.
The man who allegedly killed Motau’s attacker is in police custody.
This is not the first time that Motau has been caught up in a shooting.

In September last year, Motau was shot during a gun fight with a famo music gang defector from the Terene faction.
Two gun-wielding men attacked Motau at the Mafeteng bus-stop, sparking a shoot-out between the taxi owner and the gang.
Supt Mopeli said one of the attackers in last year’s incident, Tlhatlho ’Mantana Mokhobollo, 25, of Ribaneng in Mafeteng was arrested while his accomplice Tšeliso ‘Makatiba Moleko, 24, who is also from Ribaneng fled the scene.
It could not be established if Motau’s death is linked to famo gang killings that are gripping the Mafeteng district.
Motau is survived by his wife and three children.

Staff Reporter

 

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