14 Basotho killed in SA

14 Basotho killed in SA

About 14 men, suspected to be Basotho nationals, were killed in Benoni, South Africa.

Their bodies were discovered in an abandoned mine.  Some of the bodies were discovered on Saturday while others were found on Monday.

South African Police Service spokesperson, Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, told thepost yesterday they have not identified all the bodies.
He said they were still not clear if the deceased were shot or stabbed.

Colonel Dlamini said no arrests have been made in connection with the incident and investigations are still continuing.
He further said they suspect that the killings might have been instigated by illegal mining which is common in South African disused mines.
Asked what measures they take to control this illegal practice, Dlamini said they usually organize raids around the dumped mines so that they could bring to book those who are involved.

A Member of Parliament (MP) for Rothe constituency ’Manthabiseng Phohleli said the deceased are all from various villages of Liqoabing, Ha Mokhalinyane and Leralleng in her constituency.

Phohleli said they are worried by the rampant killings in her area, saying 17 were killed in different incidents last year alone. She however said this is the first time that such a huge number has died in one incident.

The MP said the most of the killings are related to fights over disused mines, famo violence gang wars and battles over pastures.
She said sometimes the disputes could start at home and end up with deaths in South Africa where her villagers often go to look for gold in closed mines.

Majara Molupe

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