Court grants bail for South African Soldiers and border officials

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By Itumeleng Koleile

Two members of the South African National Defence Force members accused of contravening aliens control act and COVID-19 regulations were on Monday granted bail by Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Murenzi.

The accused, Zibuse Harrington Mbhense (48), Mfundo Mazibuko (38), both soldiers, together with two other South African citizens who work at the Maseru Bridge border post, Muzikawulahlwa Shandu (46) and Lipuo Lebese (39) were granted M1000 bail with surety of M5000 each.

The accused were charged with contravening with section 30(b) read with 33 of Aliens Control Act of 1966, in that on August 20 they unlawfully and intentionally committed an offence by failing to produce valid passports, indefinite permits or temporary permits when entering Lesotho.

They were also charged with having contravened the Public Health COVID-19 Regulations of 2020.

The accused unlawfully entered into Lesotho during the period of lockdown as they did were not scheduled as per provisions of the act under risk determination and mitigation framework.

In the court proceedings on Monday, Advocate Phooko on behalf of the Crown said he did not have objections pertaining to the granting of bail to the accused persons.

They were granted bail on conditions that they do not interfere with crown witnesses and attend remands.

Moreover, they are set to appear in court on August 27 for a set down of their case hearing.

The accused were represented by Attorney Khotso Nthontho.

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