LCD rebukes police brutality

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By Mamello Mosaefane

Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) has expressed its concerns on frequent police brutality cases reported.

This is following the shocking torture of advocate Napo Mafaesa by members of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service station at the Mabote Police Station.

Following Mafaesa’s apprehension and torture his colleague, Advocate Kabelo Letuka said he went into hiding after being threatened by the police.

LCD’s Deputy leader, Tšeliso Mokhosi, a victim of police brutality himself, said this kind of torture has always been the party’s concern.

Mokhosi said police brutality regardless of who it happens to must be denounced as a criminal act as he called out for all sectors of society to stand up against police brutality and abuse of human rights.

“We have come to a point where we have to stand against this behavior as Basotho in the villages because that is exactly where we are being tortured.

“We have to stand up as chiefs, we have to stand up as priests, we have to stand up as politicians and not just watch because the brutality is happening to certain people,” said Mokhosi.

Upon receiving news that Mafaesa was being interrogated by the police, Mokhosi said they made follow-ups on what had happened.

He said it is upon their investigations that they learned Letuka was on the run, while Adv Mafaesa was indeed tortured and in hospital.

“What surprised us was that while we were investigating Mafaesa’s interrogation through his colleagues, he told us that he is on the run because of the threats he received from the police,” Mokhosi said.

He further added he knows that threats made by the police to the lawyers have not stopped and that no action has been taken against the police who tortured Mafaesa.

Mokhosi said because his leader, Mothetjoa Metsing is currently unavailable, he took the initiative to call some of the ministers who including among others the minister of law and justice and the minister of police, concerning Mafaesa’s torturing and Letuka being on the run.

The party’s Secretary-General, Teboho Sekata, said he is surprised by the fact that the Prime Minister did an entire speech at a time when people were killing police officers, but it has been Seven (7) days of silence since Mafaesa’s torture without any statement by Prime Minister Moeketsi Majoro.

“It is questionable as to when does he condemn and when does he go silent?,” said Sekata.

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