Three top cops block transfer

Three top cops block transfer

MASERU – THE High Court has issued a temporary order blocking the police commissioner from transferring three senior police officers.
Senior Inspector ’Mabasotho Putsoane, Senior Inspector Lerato Motseki and Superintendent Mohato Lerotholi are arguing that their transfers were unlawful. Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General are respondents in this case.
The trio argues that the transfers should be declared “null and void for violating the rules of natural justice” because the commissioner did not give them a hearing before making the decision.

In her affidavit, Putsoane said she is currently stationed at Maseru Urban.
Putsoane said she already has a Court of Appeal in which she is challenging the commissioner’s decision to cancel her promotion to the rank of Superintendent.

The commissioner stripped her and over 30 others of their newly acquired ranks when the government changed last year.
They had been promoted by the former commissioner a day before the last election. The new government saw the promotions as its predecessor’s attempt to staff key positions with its loyalists.

Putsoane told the court that she and her co-applicants have consulted the same lawyer and agree that she should submit the main affidavit.
She said she has been transferred several times since joining the police in 2001. The most recent was in July last year when she was transferred from Police Headquarters to Maseru Urban.

“I aver that similar situation of transfers from one police station to another applies to my co-applicants. We are being transferred twice within a year,” Putsoane said. She further informed the court that the transfer would make it impossible for her to manage the construction of her house in Maseru.
She said she should only be transferred when the house is completed. Her children are in schools in Maseru, he said.
The court also heard that Putsoane is still undergoing medical treatment for a spinal cord problem.
“There is medical evidence of the matter,” she said.

Her doctor, she said, has already informed her that she should not be far away from a medical facility.
Putsoane said it is clear that her personal circumstances were not considered when the commissioner decided to transfer her.

“My co-applicants similarly made representations after the decision to transfer them had already been made,” she told the court.
Senior Inspector Lerato Motseki is a former deputy spokesperson for the police. Motseki is suing the police after she was beaten for allegedly revealing the details of a case involving the late Lipolelo Thabane. She claims seven colleagues beat her with fists and suffocated her with a plastic.

Majara Molupe

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