The police are yet to make any arrests in connection with the brutal murders of a mother and her son in their Semphetenyane home on Wednesday night.
Police say the bodies of the elderly ’Mantsane Mokone and her son, Ntsane, were discovered by the latter’s son.
According to Maseru Urban District Commissioner, Senior Superintendent Motlatsi Mapola, the murdered woman had come to help with the funeral arrangements of her late daughter-in-law.
“We learnt that the old woman stayed in Semonkong and had just come to help her son with his wife’s burial. The wife is said to have died of diabetes,” said Senior-Superintendent Mapola.
He would not give further details on the matter saying doing so could jeopardize investigations but confirmed no arrest had been made in connection with the tragic incident.
’Mantsane and her son add to the grim statistics of Basotho who are dying at the hands of ruthless killers.
Just last weekend a 68-year-old woman from Ha Lali in Thaba-Tseka was found dead in her home with blood streaming through the nose and mouth.
The police believe the old woman could have been murdered on Friday, 13 May, although the matter was only reported to the police on Sunday by her relatives. No arrest has also not been made in connection with the killing.
Asked if the Lesotho Mounted Police Service had enough expertise such as carrying out forensic tests and dusting for fingerprints at crime scenes as part of investigations, Sen-Sup Mapola said: “We have officers who know about forensic evidence but we are not as advanced as our South African counterparts.”
However, Sen-Sup Mapola said the number of murder cases had gone down of late compared to February and preceding months.
“We have tried as much as possible to curb killings since February and we have managed to institute cases in the courts of law,” he said.
He also said Basotho now seem willing to come forward with evidence needed to effect arrests.
“We pride ourselves in the status of the cases and not the number of arrests,” he said.