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Race organisers speak on child’s death

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MASERU — The Lesotho Off Road Association (LORA) have passed their condolences to the family of the seven-year-old boy who was struck and killed by the Roof of Africa support staff’s car last week.

Malefetsane Pheko (deceased) was playing with his friends near the road at Ha-Tsolo last week when he was hit by the car that was carrying bikes for Roof of Africa race participants.

The annual motor cycle showpiece took place from Thursday to Saturday last week.

LORA vice chairman, Tubatsi Kuoe, on a visit to the family home in Thetsane on Monday said the association will work together with the Pheko family as they mourn their son.

“This is very sad to us as the association and race organisers. It is the second incident after another tragedy in 2010 when a man was hit by a car and lost his life,” Kuoe said.

“The boy was rushed to Maseru Private Hospital with the hope that he would be saved but, unfortunately, he was declared dead by the time he arrived at the hospital,” said Kuoe.

“We always warn our visitors that road laws still need to be respected even at this time of the race so they must always be careful when driving, especially on roads that pass through the villages,” said Kuoe.

The deceased’s father, Timello Pheko, said they are hurting at their son’s sudden death.

“It was a shock to learn about his tragic death, especially at such a young age, but we put everything in God’s hand,” Pheko said.

“There was a lot expected from him as a young boy. But as a Christian family we believe this was God’s will and no one has to question it,” Pheko said.

Pheko said they appreciate the support they are getting from different parties, especially from the Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Thesele ‘Maseribane who has been with them through the trauma.

“We appreciate the support we have been getting from the association and the Minister who has been with us since day one,” said Pheko.

Pheko’s funeral will be held next week Friday.

The suspect is expected to appear in court on December 11.

 

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