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Illegal bar owner in trouble

‘Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — A 38-year-old woman from Ha-Hoohlo, in Maseru, was last Sunday arrested for operating a liquor bar without a licence.

The woman was also charged with operating the public bar beyond the stipulated hours.

Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha said the woman was arrested during the police’s Operation Sena’napo which was recently launched to stop the illegal sale of liquor.

He said bars that operate beyond the stipulated hours will also be targeted under the operation.

He said the operation will also investigate public bars that sell liquor to civil servants who are on duty.

 “The bar owners will be charged for breaking the law. Civil servants who drink during working hours could face disciplinary action,” he said.

In a separate incident, police last week arrested a man who was allegedly raping a woman in the bushes near Ha-Hoohlo.

Police were tipped off by a villager.

The man was caught red-handed, the police say.

Meanwhile, a 65-year-old man from Maputose, in Leribe, was shot and injured by his 25-year-old son last week.

Police said the son accused his father of not putting a light in his room.

The suspect was arrested immediately.

He told police that he got the 9 mm firearm that he used to shoot his father from a South African national.

Also in Maputsoe a 67-year-old man was beaten to death by angry villagers on July 27. 

According to the police report, the villagers accused the man of stealing a cow from one of the villagers.

The man was beaten with lebetlela sticks until he died, police said.

Investigations are still ongoing.

In another incident in Maputsoe two women aged 46 and 25 were found dead in their house on July 28.

According to the police report it is suspected the two women suffocated to death.

The two women were factory workers in Maputsoe.

They were discovered by neighbours.

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