Thetsane raided

Thetsane raided

MASERU – HEAVILY armed police officers raided the home of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Advocate Leaba Thetsane KC, on Tuesday and seized his official vehicle. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Law, Advocate ’Mole Kumalo, told thepost yesterday that he instructed the police to seize the vehicle after Thetsane refused to hand it over to the ministry.

The tussle over the vehicle is the latest in a long saga that has seen Thetsane take on the government over the issue of his forced early retirement.
As DPP, Thetsane was seen as the last bulwark that stood in defence of the political interests of the old regime that was ousted in last year’s elections.
The Thomas Thabane-led coalition government late last year sent Thetsane on forced leave pending retirement in July.

Kumalo told thepost yesterday that all cordial means to retrieve the vehicle had failed and he was left with no option but to involve the police.
“The police went there to collect the government’s car as he has been retired by the Cabinet and is no longer entitled to use that car,” Kumalo said.
“I am not sure if the police were heavily armed because I was not there when they went to his house to collect the government property.”

Kumalo said he had written to Thetsane instructing him to return the vehicle because he was no longer entitled to it “but the messengers said he refused to receive the letter”. “I made follow ups through several telephone calls and he told me that we should not talk to him directly, we should talk to his lawyers,” Kumalo said.

Khumalo said he then decided to send the police to take the car. Kumalo argues that Thetsane is no longer working in government and therefore is not entitled to any benefits associated with the office of the DPP.

Thetsane told thepost yesterday that he was shocked when a band of police officers, who were heavily armed with AK47 rifles, stormed his residence.
He said he was surprised by the manner they had entered his residence to collect his official vehicle.

Nkheli Liphoto

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