Army to fight crime in Semonkong

Army to fight crime in Semonkong

SEMONKONG-THE government is set to deploy the army in Semonkong to deal with rampant cases of crime in the area, thepost heard last week.
Army commander, Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela, said they will soon set up a transit camp in Semonkong to fight crime.

The setting up of the camp is in response to the cry of residents who say they are being constantly terrorised by armed criminals in the area.
Lt Gen Letsoela told the Semonkong people last Friday that he had learnt from intelligence sources that criminals were roaming the area.
“I get angry when young men who are supposed to protect the elderly are the ones tormenting them,” Lt Gen Letsoela said.

“I will have no mercy for such ones,” he said, adding that his soldiers will work together with the Semonkong police to keep criminals at bay.
He was responding to the area councillor Montoeli Letuma’s request for security in the area.
Letuma said during the brief period when soldiers were building a house for a poor old woman in his village, there was peace.

Letuma said they actually slept without locking their doors because of the presence of soldiers in the Ha-Lesala village.
“This area is swarming with criminals and we don’t enjoy peace because of them,” Letuma said.
“We earnestly ask the army commander to have a permanent camp for soldiers here,” he said.

Lt Gen Letsoela said soldiers were already patrolling nearby areas such as Ketane, in Mohale’s Hoek, and he will ensure that there is a transit camp in Semonkong.
It was just in June last year when the army raided villages and seized 14 illegal guns that were in the possession of men forming part of crime-prevention groups.

The men were from a Qacha’s Nek area of Koebung where they had gone to retrieve their stolen livestock.
In recovering their livestock, they allegedly raided the villages and terrorised people.
People in the villages called the nearby army camp and soldiers came and disarmed the men.

Caswell Tlali

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