THE homes of Mokhotlong Police District Commissioner Senior Superintendent Tseea Makara and his newly promoted Station Commander Superintendent Molefe Mafaufau were torched on Friday night.
It is suspected the incidents were work-related but no one had been arrested by late last night.
Superintendent Mafaufau’s house was the first to be set alight and while people were busy putting out the fire, the home of Senior Superintendent Makara also went up in flames.
It is alleged the houses were petrol-bombed with speculation rife yesterday that the arson could be related to the two men’s recent promotions.
Senior Superintendent Makara was promoted to head the Mokhotlong district police in July this year while Superintendent Mafaufau assumed his post last month .
Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe confirmed that the two houses were set on fire on Friday night, but would give further details.
“The home of Mokhotlong District Commissioner Senior Superintendent Makara was burnt last night. Nothing was salvaged from the house,” Senior Inspector Molefe said.
“There were no occupants when the house went up in flames.
“The house of the Station Commissioner Superintendent Mafaufau was partly burnt but they managed to put out the fire as the superintendent was inside.
“It is too early to say what caused the fire and police investigations are underway. No arrests have been made at this stage.”
However, sources who spoke to the Sunday Express said the promotions did not sit well with fellow police officers, and could be the reason why their homes were set on fire.
“The two men were recently promoted to their current positions and we understand that some officers were not happy about this. They thought there were more deserving candidates for the posts,” a source said.
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