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Cop caught in bribe trap


bribesPascalinah Kabi

POLICE swooped on one of their own during a sting operation this past week to weed out corruption in the agency.

Lance Sergeant Mokhoromeng was arrested last Monday after management of a South African-owned firm complained that he was demanding a bribe. Following the complaint, police gave M1 000 to the firm and Lance Sergeant Mokhoromeng allegedly returned to collect the money.

However, upon discovering he was about to be arrested, Lance Sergeant Mokhoromeng opened fire on his colleagues who shot back along Kingsway Road, although no one was injured in the melee.

According to police spokesperson, Superintendent Clifford Molefe, on Friday Lance Sergeant Mokhoromeng appeared before the Magistrate’s Court and remanded on his own recognizance.

This means Lance Sergeant Mokhoromeng was released without posting any bail on the promise he will appear in court for all upcoming proceedings regarding his case.

“He was remanded on his own recognizance after he appeared in court today (Friday) following his arrest on Monday and he will reappear again in court on 10 November this year,” Superintendent Molefe said.

Meanwhile, police have arrested eight people facing various charges during a blitz dubbed “Operation Maseru” on Wednesday.

Deputy police spokesperson, Senior Inspector Lerato Motseki, told the Sunday Express they confiscated 25 laptops from four shops operating around the city and arrested another four people wanted for various offences.

“Four people wanted for charges of murder, housebreaking and unlawful possession of firearms were arrested during the operation,” Senior Inspector Motseki said.

She said the owners of the shops from which the 25 laptops were confiscated would soon appear in court once investigations were completed.

During the operation, Senior Inspector Motseki said, police also confiscated four knives and 11 dagga sachets from shacks around the Bus Stop area in Maseru.


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