Taxi boss shot in famo gang war

Taxi boss shot in famo gang war

MASERU – A taxi owner was shot and seriously injured at Mafeteng bus-stop last Saturday.
The police say Thulo Motau, 35, from Tša-litlama in Mafeteng, was shot in a gun fight with a famo music gang defector from the Terene faction.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said two gun-wielding men attacked Motau at the Mafeteng bus-stop, sparking a shoot-out between the taxi owner and the gang.
Mopeli said one of the attackers, 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.

He said both Mokhobollo and Thulo have since been charged with attempted murder and possession of unlicensed fire arms.
The two appeared before the Mafeteng Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday and were remanded in custody, Mopeli said.
He said they will appear in court again on September 18.

Superintendent Mopeli said Mokhobollo is also wanted for allegedly killing a person in May this year.
Meanwhile, Mopeli said two men who were pretending to be passengers opened fire at Thulo’s driver and his helper at Ha-’Masana on Tuesday.
He said during the attack, the driver escaped unscathed while the helper sustained serious injuries and later died at the hospital.

The killing is yet another illustration of the vicious violence that has been going on among famo music gangs for the past 10 years.
The Terene group, led by Rethabile Mokete, popularly called Mosotho Chakela, has been in the news following the defection of Thulo and Sarele Sello, a former right-hand man of Chakela.

Staff Reporter

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