Top cop arrested over Khetheng murder

Top cop arrested over Khetheng murder

MASERU – SENIOR Assistant Commissioner of Police, Tšeliso Moerane, has been arrested in connection with Mokalekale Khetheng’s murder.
Moerane was arrested on Monday, three days after the decomposing body of Khetheng was exhumed at Botšabelo cemetery.
Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed the arrest and the murder charge but declined to give further details.

A Monday police occurrence book seen by thepost shows that “Moerane is arrested and kept in police custody charged with murder, death of P/C Mokalekale Khetheng per RCI:09/03/16”.
Moerane becomes the fifth police officer to be arrested in connection with Khetheng’s murder. The other four suspects are Superintendent Thabo Tšukulu, Superintendent Mothibeli Mofolo, Inspector Mabitle Matona and haleokoeTaasoane who were nabbed last Tuesday.
The four appeared before court this week.

It is expected that Moerane will appear before the magistrate’s court this week.
So far it is not yet clear how Moerane is connected to the murder of Khetheng.
Khetheng was arrested in March last year in Sebothoane Leribe and taken to Hlotse Police Station where he disappeared.

One of the police officers who arrested her, ’Mabohlokoa Makotoko, told the High Court late last year that she heard that he was taken away by the police and soldiers.
She later heard that he had been killed. The police refused to cooperate with the Khetheng family to search for him.

Instead the police hired a private lawyer to defend the matter in the courts in a case in which the Khetheng family wanted the institution to produce the body of their son.
It is expected that more senior police officers will be arrested, according to sources in the thick of things. “It seems everything from keeping Khetheng at a mortuary to the pauper’s burial was methodically aided by the police,” a source said.

“Logically, this was not a job for a junior police officer but someone in high ranks, someone who had the authority to direct and ensure that things were done properly,” he said.
“The way in which the police as an institution were hostile to the search of the missing member tells the whole story. The behaviour of the past government regarding this makes it even clearer,” he said.

The government told parliament after Khetheng went missing that he had deserted.
The police even wrote him a dismissal letter for that desertion. The government also denied that Khetheng was arrested by the police while attending a traditional feast at his home village in Sebothoane in Leribe.

The government instead said Khetheng reported himself at the Hlotse police station to see the Leribe district commander and after waiting for some time at the reception he just left without saying anything to anybody. The government suggested that he could have fled to South Africa just like some army officers who had deserted and were living in the neighbouring country.

Rose Moremoholo

 

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