Riots shut down Fokothi

Riots shut down Fokothi

MASERU – LEROTHOLI Polytechnic has been closed until further notice after yesterday’s violent riots that left a trail of damage at the college.
This after angry students went on the rampage demanding the return of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) that had hastily abruptly resigned.
Riot police and soldiers had to be brought in to restore order.

The polytechnic’s deputy rector, Ntoane Lepota, told thepost last night that the SRC representatives told the management that they resigned because they had been threatened.
“They did not disclose the names of the people threatening them but they resigned,” Lepota said.
“They want the SRC to be back at work, which is not possible because those representatives resigned.”
He also said some offices at the college were vandalised.

The SRC members who resigned could have been spooked by the threats because there is a history of violence at the college.
Fokothi, as the school is known, has seen a number of unresolved murders.
Last week the police also found the dead body of a student lying on the banks of Mohokare River.

It is suspected that the student has died during a brutal ‘initiation’ that targets first-year students.
Rethabile Joshua Mositi was a 21-year-old student from Ha-Nyenye in Maputsoe, Leribe, who underwent the college’s infamous initiation of newcomers.
The college rector Dr Tlali Sepiriti then said six suspects who are college students were arrested in connection with the murder.

After the incident the management also said some lecturers could be part of the group of tormentors.
Names of the lecturers were given to the management by some students and investigations ensued but until today no lecturer has been fired from the college or brought before any court.
In February 2012 two students were killed and seven suspects were called for questioning and some of them were later charged with murder and are awaiting trial out of custody.

Nkheli Liphoto

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