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Tokelo Rasephei


A 28-year-old man, Mafaesa Motomane of Linotsing in Ha Mokokoane last week appeared before the Leribe Magistrates’ Court on charges of murdering his younger brother.

On Wednesday 10 January, the court heard that Motomane used a knife to stab his brother, aged 24, following a dispute. He was remanded in custody pending bail application at the High Court.

Police Spokesperson, Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli said investigations revealed that prior to the stabbing, the two brothers had a series of misunderstandings over a number of issues. “Their father had called them to intervene in the dispute, which led to another clash which left the young brother dead,” Supt Mopeli said.


Sellonyane Lekhera, 28, of Ha Laka appeared before the Thaba Tseka Magistrate Court last Monday on charges of abducting a 17-year-old girl.

He was sentenced to three years in prison or to pay a fine of M5,000. The court further ordered him to pay a compensatory fee of M10, 300 to the girl for the abduction.

Mohale’s Hoek

Nepile Fokotsane, 25, from Ha Tlhabeli in Ketane appeared before Mohale’s Hoek Magistrates’ Court on 5 January 2018 charged with sexual assault of a 20-year-old woman.

He was granted a M500 bail, which he failed to pay before he was remanded in custody to 19 January 2018.


A 38-year-old from ‘Muela in Butha-Buthe appeared before the Butha-Buthe Magistrates’ Court this week on charges of raping his 15-year-old daughter.

The court heard that the father had been sexually assaulting his daughter since 2014 at the time when his wife was away in South Africa where she worked.

He threatened to kill her daughter if she told anyone about the assault.

However, on 7 January, one of the accused’s children caught his father in the act with her sister and reported the matter to some community elders.

The matter was immediately reported to the police leading to his arrest.


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