Farmer in trouble over wool export

Farmer in trouble over wool export

MASERU – LOCAL veterinary doctor Mohlalefi Moteane is expected to appear before the Maseru magistrate’s court today to answer charges of trying to illegally export tonnes of wool to South Africa. Police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli confirmed that they have preferred charges against Dr Moteane.
The government has passed a law that prohibits the export of wool and mohair except through a company licensed by the government.
This has resulted in a tense standoff between the government and the wool and mohair farmers.

There have been numerous encounters and clashes between the government agencies and the farmers following the passing of the law.
Dr Moteane’s truck was stopped at the Maseru Border Gate packed with bales of wool and mohair on its way to South Africa on August 24.
The truck was impounded and he was arrested.

The 163 bales of wool had removal permit bearing Serial No: 335054 which indicated that an inspection was carried out at the border.
The veterinary export permit bearing Serial No: 6862 which was granted for exportation of the bales of wool (22 000kg) to Port Elizabeth had expired on August 18.
The other documents attached were Master Veterinary import permit for wool and mohair from Lesotho dated 06/02/16.

Attached also was Dr Moteane’s tax invoice dated 02/08/18 and the health attestation dated 18/07/2018 from the Department of Livestock Services.
This saw the police checkin the documents that were attached to the permit of Dr Moteane to export his produce to South Africa.
The investigation commenced on Monday this week morning till Tuesday.

Police investigations uncovered that the permit bearing S/No 6862 was altered and the original document could not match with the duplication from the office of the Director of Livestock Services. The original bears seal numbers 9770637- 9770640 and 9770605- 9770608 whereas the duplicate only had seal number 9770608- 9770608, police investigations revealed.

Sources privy to the case told thepost that investigations further revealed that the said document was initially prepared by someone (name withheld because she could not be reached for comment) who denied or disowned the alteration of the document indicating that she initially reflected seal NO 9770605- 9770608 as it appeared on her duplicate.
According to the investigations, the consignment was stopped at the border before it could reach the South African territory.

Yet the removal permit indicated that the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries stopped the truck at entry point.

Majara Molupe

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