Hants’i charged

Hants’i charged

MASERU – THE Public Relations Officer for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Tuoe Hantši, briefly appeared in court last Thursday to answer a charge of unlawfully pointing a gun at his boss.
He is being charged with risking injury or death to the IEC Acting Director Lebohang Bulane.
The case was before Magistrate ’Makopano Rantšo.
The charge sheet showed that Hantši unlawfully and intentionally pointed a gun at Bulane at the IEC head offices at the MGC Building.

Hantši’s lawyer, Advocate Rethabile Setlojoane, pleaded with the court to grant his client bail.
He also asked that the court should hand back to his client his firearm because it is licensed.
“We plead with the court that pending the trial, for the (safety) of my client, may his firearm be released,” Adv Setlojoane said.
Hantši was granted M300 bail on condition that he attends trial and not interfere with crown witnesses nor investigating officers.
Hantši was remanded to June 15 for set down.

Hantši was alleged to have stormed into Bulane’s office after the rumours spread that he was the one who had deflated tyres to Bulane’s vehicle.
Bulane is alleged to have threatened to bewitch whoever had deflated his car tyres to come to his office to confront him.
However, Hantši confronted Bulane asking him why he was spreading rumors among his colleagues that he was the one who had deflated his car tyres.
It is alleged that he went to Bulane’s office holding a gun. He is also said to have threatened to kill him.
Hantši denied he was threatening Bulane adding he had worked with the gun for almost 12 years and had no business randomly pointing it at people.

“When I draw a gun I do it to shoot and not just to point it at someone,” he said.
Last week, Bulane said the dispute began after he wrote to Hantši asking him to first consult management before he speaks to the media.
He declined to discuss the matter further saying the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Law, Colonel Tanki Mothae, had already mediated between them.

Itumeleng Khoete


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