Minister spends night in custody

Minister spends night in custody

MASERU-POLICE Minister Lehlohonolo Moramotse spent Monday night in detention as the police interrogated him for allegedly buying beer during the lockdown.

Moramotse was only released to go to his home at dawn after his lawyers served the police with a court order.
Moramotse is now charged with violating the Covid-19 lockdown regulations.

He appeared before Magistrate Peter Murenzi on Tuesday.
He was read his charge in chambers on Tuesday morning and released on a M500 bail.

Moramotse was caught on video allegedly buying beer from a local shop despite the fact that the sale of alcohol had been banned as part of the rules of the lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19.
In a video dated April 5 Moramotse is seen standing next to his official vehicle parked in front of a Chinese-owned beer shop in Borokhoaneng. The crates are then put in his boot.

Because the sale of alcohol had been banned the minister was disobeying the same rules his ministry was supposed to enforce.
It appeared to be a flagrant disregard of a cabinet decision he was part to as a minister.

The police spokesman Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said Moramotse did not show up on Monday morning as he had promised but decided to come in the afternoon after the courts had closed.
It was on the same day when Moramotse was supposed to go to the court for remand.

As a result, Moramotse was detained at the police headquarters until Tuesday at dawn when the High Court ordered his immediate release.
He was then taken to court on Tuesday morning.
Moramotse will appear again on May 20.
Advocate Tsietsi Hlaele is the prosecutor.

Nkheli Liphoto

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