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‘It’s either I sell dagga, or my body’

Makamohelo Lesaoana
THABA-TSEKA — A Thaba-Tseka woman says she decided to sell dagga rather than her body as a means of survival, the Thaba-Tseka Magistrate’s Court heard on Monday.
Ntsotiseng Raqoe, 26, of ‘Mammatsa village under Chief Joel Mots?ene, appeared before magistrate Monyake Hlabanyane charged with the illegal possession of 8kgs of dagga.
She pleaded guilty and was slapped with a one-year jail sentence with an optional     M1 000 fine.
Half the sentence was however suspended for two years.
According to court records, Raqoe stole the dagga at Mpakatheng and intended selling it at Motsekuoa in Mafeteng.
On January 25, an officer of the Lesotho Mounted Police Service was searching vehicles and passengers at a roadblock mounted in Thabong, Thaba-Tseka, when he stopped a Maseru-bound bus belonging to Lesotho Freight.
The police officer found the dagga in one of the suitcases which he later established belonged to Raqoe.
In mitigation, Raqoe said she was an unemployed single mother struggling to make ends meet.
“My husband left me a long time ago and I have a son who is now living with his uncle because I have  no money to look after my own child,” she said.
“That is why I stole this dagga — to avoid selling my body — because I have no means of survival.”

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