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Mohalalitoe hits market

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ROMA-THE long awaited Mohalalitoe Natural Soap is now available in markets, much to the delight of its fans.
This comes after more than six years of patient development at the National University of Lesotho (NUL)’s Innovation Hub.

“You will recall that Mohalalitoe is that soap which independent NUL scientists proved it beats five popular South African soap brands hands down,” said Rethabile Nthebe, a NUL Chemical Technology student who is part of the development of Mohalalitoe.

Why did it take so long before we could enjoy Mohalalitoe?
“One of the beauties of innovation is that you don’t only seek to master the product, that is the easy part,” Nthebe said.
“The hard part is mastering the process of making that product. Look! We didn’t import a soap making system from China, we designed and implemented it ourselves. That is not easy.”

Today, we are going to remind you how and why Mohalalitoe took five well respected South African soap brands into a boxing ring and beat them all to pulp—scientifically.
However, we don’t want you to take our word for it.
Why not buy a bar of Mohalalitoe and prove for yourself that there is nothing quite like it in the market?

Here we go:
Percentage Chloride: A high percentage of chlorides leads to cracking of soap, which is undesirable.
Some soap manufacturers put chlorides in their soap to make it harder.
Of the five soaps tested against it, Mohalalitoe had the lowest percentage of chloride.

It maintains the right hardness without chemicals, NUL scientists revealed.
PH: High PH creates dry skin. Mohalalitoe was not only within the recommended PH, it was the second best in terms of PH, being beaten by only one of the five soaps.
Moisture Content: Soap with low moisture content has the highest shelf-life—it spends more time on the shop shelves without going bad.
Mohalalitoe had the lowest moisture content of them all.

“It could be due to the way Mohalalitoe is manufactured, it spends more than three dozen days where it is allowed to mature before it is sold, losing moisture in the process,” said Limakatso Nthethe, one of the scientists who did the extensive tests.
Foam Stability: This factor measures how long it takes for foam from soap to last before it disappears.

If the foam lasts long, that means it would clean more.
In this case, Mohalalitoe was number three, beaten by two other soaps.
However, these soaps might have had a better foam stability because of their use of harsh chemicals.
Saponification Value: This measures how well oils used to make soaps will react with alkaline liquids also used in soap-making.
If the value is high, it means the oils react well with the liquids.
Mohalalitoe oils had a well acceptable value.

Since this value is based on the oils used in soap-making, comparing with other soaps was not feasible because soap-makers often hide some of their raw materials.
Total Fatty Matter: This is one of the most important ways to gauge the usefulness of soap.
It is so important that it is used as a means to measure soap quality, with grade A (75-100%) being the best, grade B (60-74%) being medium quality and grade C (50-69%) being the not-so-good.

Well, Mohalalitoe received a score of 92 percent, beating all the competing soaps in terms of quality.
It was followed by another soap at a distant 81 percent and some bowed as low as the 60s.
Free Caustic Alkali: This measures the abrasiveness of any given soap.
Free alkali has a tendency to attack important soap oils.

Soaps without free alkali are no good because excess free alkali can also cause skin itching.
Here Mohalalitoe and one other soap were tied up in first position.
Foam Height: Foam height indicates presence of additives that lead to big foams.

Mohalalitoe, which does not depend on chemical additives, had a moderate foam height, which is okay.
Still, Mohalalitoe was beaten by only one soap.
Effectiveness of Cleaning: With this factor, your first guess is the right guess.

It measures the ability of a soap to do what we buy it to do—cleaning.
Well, as you may have guessed, Mohalalitoe beat all the soaps.
“It was the best cleaner among the rest,” said Sepheka Ntjana, one of the scientists who examined the soap.
Matter Insoluble in Alcohol (MIA): This is used to determine the purity of soap.

It measures non-soap ingredients known as builders or fillers such as sodium silicate, sodium phosphate and sodium carbonates (they can be used to make soap cheaper—but not necessarily good).
Soap with high MIA value suggests that it contains a high level of these impurities.
“Mohalalitoe had the lowest MIA, implying the lowest content of impurities among all the soaps,” Ntjana said.

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Doctor tampers with corpse

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THE Mokhotlong Government Hospital has agreed to pay M200 000 as compensation to the husband of a deceased patient after a doctor unlawfully tampered with the corpse.

There is a deed of settlement between the hospital and Jacob Palime, the deceased woman’s husband.

Jacob Palime rushed to the High Court in Tšifa-li-Mali last year after the hospital failed to explain why the doctor had tampered with his wife’s corpse at a private mortuary behind his back.

His wife’s body had been taken to the Lesotho Funeral Services.
Palime lives in Phahameng in Mokhotlong.

In his court papers, Palime was demanding M500 000 in compensation from the hospital “for unlawful invasion, intrusion and interference with” his rituals and rights over his dead wife.

He informed the court that his wife died in September 2020 at Mokhotlong Hospital.

“All requisite documentation pertaining to her release to Lesotho Funeral Services were effected and ultimately the deceased was accordingly transferred to the mortuary,” Palime said.

The court heard that Palime’s family was subsequently informed about the wife’s death.

The family however learnt that one doctor, acting in his professional capacity, went to the mortuary the next day and tampered with the corpse.

The doctor subsequently conducted certain tests on the corpse without the knowledge of family members.

Palime said their attempts to get an explanation from the hospital as to the purpose of the tests and the name of the doctor had failed to yield results.

“It remained questionable and therefore incomprehensible as to what actually was the purpose or rationale behind conducting such anonymous and secret tests,” he said.

Palime told the court that the whole thing left him “in an unsettled state of mind for a long time”.

He said his family, which has its traditions and culture rooted in the respect for their departed loved ones, regards and considers Mokhotlong Hospital’s conduct as an unlawful invasion, intrusion and interference with his rituals and rights over his deceased spouse.

“This is more-so because the hospital had all the opportunity to have conducted any or such alleged tests immediately upon demise of the deceased while still within its area of jurisdiction and not after her release to the mortuary,” he said.

Palime said despite incessant demands, the hospital has failed, refused, ignored and neglected to cooperate with him “to amicably solve this unwarranted state of affairs”.

Palime told the court that there were no claims against the Lesotho Funeral Service as they had cooperated and compensated him for wrongly allowing the doctor to perform tests on the corpse without knowledge or presence of one of the family members.

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Villagers whipped as police seize guns

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Dozens of villagers in Ha-Rammeleke in Khubelu, Mokhotlong, were on Monday night rounded up and beaten with sticks and whips by the police during an operation to seize illegal guns.

The villagers told thepost that they heard one man crying out for help saying his wife was sick. And when they rushed to his house, they found the police waiting for them.

The police had stormed the man’s house and ordered him to “cry for help” to lure men from the village.

The men and women were then frog-marched outside the village where the police assaulted the men with sticks, whips, and kicked them.

One man said when he arrived at the house, he found other villagers who were now surrounded by armed police.

“At first I thought they were soldiers but later picked up that they were SOU (Special Operations Unit) members,” he said.

He said they were subjected to severe torture.

“They beat us with sticks at the same time demanding guns from us,” he said.

The police and soldiers also raided other nearby villages in Khubelu area but in Ha-Rammeleke villagers say they identified only police from the Special Operations Unit (SOU).

Several villagers who spoke to thepost asked for anonymity for fear of retribution.

This was the second time within a month that the security forces have raided the villages in search of illegal guns after a spate of gory murders in the areas.

The murders are perpetrated by famo music gangs who are fighting over illegal gold mining in South Africa.

The first raid was on Wednesday preceding Good Friday.

Villagers say a group of armed soldiers stormed the place in the wee hours collecting almost every one to the chief’s place.

“We were woken-up by young soldiers who drove us to the chief’s place,” one resident of Ha-Rammeleke said.

When they arrived at the chief’s home all hell broke loose.

A woman told thepost that they were split into two groups of women and men.

Later, women were further split into two groups of the elderly and younger ones.

She said the security officers assaulted the men while ordering the elderly women to ululate.

Young women were ordered to run around the place like they were exercising.

She said the men were pushed into a small hut where they were subjected to further torture.

A man who was among the victims said the army said they should produce the guns and help them identify the illegal miners.

He said this happened after one man in their village was fatally shot by five unknown men in broad daylight.

He said the men who killed the fellow villager had their faces covered with balaclavas and they could not see who they were.

 

The villagers chased them but they could not get close to them because they were armed with guns.

“We were armed with stones while those men were armed with guns,” he said.

“They fired a volley of bullets at us and we retreated,” he said.

The murdered man was later collected by the police.

The army spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sakeng Lekola, confirmed that soldiers stormed Khubelu area in response to the rampant lawlessness of unlicensed guns.

Lt Col Lekola said their presence in the area followed two incidents of shootings where one man was fatally shot and a child sustained serious gunshot wounds.

“There were reports everywhere, even on the radios, that things were out of hand in Khubelu,” he said.

He said in just a day they managed to collect six guns that were in wrong hands together with more than 100 rounds (bullets) in an operation dubbed Deuteronomy 17.

These bullets included 23 rounds of Galil rifle.

Lt Col Lekola maintained that their operation was successful because they managed to collect guns from wrong hands.

He said they are doing this in line with the African Union principle of ‘silencing the guns’.

He said it is an undeniable fact that statistics of people killed with guns is disturbing.

“We appeal to these people to produce these unlicensed guns,” Lt Col Lekola said.

Lt Col Lekola said they could not just watch Basotho helplessly as they suffered.

He said some people are seen just flaunting their guns.

“They fear no one,” he said.

Police spokesman, Senior Superintendent Kabelo Halahala, said he was aware of the operation in Mokhotlong but did not have further details.

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Magistrate saves WILSA boss

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A Maseru magistrate, Nthabiseng Moopisa, this week stayed the criminal prosecution of Advocate ’Mamosa Mohlabula who is accused of tax evasion, money laundering and corruption.

In her application Advocate Mohlabula, who is the director of Women and Law in Southern Africa (WILSA), said the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) should not charge her pending finalisation of her tax evasion case.

Advocate Mohlabula is out on bail after she was formally charged with tax evasion in July last year.

She told Magistrate Moopisa that the DPP, Advocate Hlalefang Motinyane, was wrong to have agreed with the Director General of the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) to bring charges against her.

“In my viewpoint, the DCEO cannot be heard to charge me in relation to matters already seized with this Honourable Court,” she said in an affidavit.

She also said there is a pending civil case in the High Court in which the DCEO’s abuse of power is referenced, saying the precise way the case is handled will depend “on the way an alleged offence comes to the light”.

“Before that pending case is finalised, DCEO has no jurisdiction to detail me to court over isolated phenomenon of tax evasion and or over grievances of former employees of WILSA,” she said.

Advocate Mohlabula was charged together with the WILSA’s chief accounting officer.

She argued that it was WILSA that was being investigated, not individuals, further saying that was “a significant safeguard that the DCEO was impartial from an objective viewpoint”.

“To exclude any legitimate doubt in this respect the DCEO returned the items it seized from WILSA,” she said.

“This was a realistic and practical step towards administering justice and to avoid premature embarrassment to the management of WILSA.”

She said the Board of Trustees of WILSA were sent briefing notes which in certain respects reflected that the DCEO returned the properties of WILSA without warning them that they were suspects.

“In any event, we proceeded to fashion our arguments before the High Court. There was, and could be, no evidence to back up the decision of the DCEO to apply for the search warrant,” she said.

Advocate Mohlabula said before they took the matter to the High Court, she cooperated with the DCEO and it conducted an inquiry into the alleged crimes.

“Now that the matter is pending before the High Court, there is no more reason for the DCEO to remand me before the pending cases are finalised,” she said.

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