FORMER Likhetlane Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), Mr Libe Moremoholo, was evicted from his Khubetsoana residence on Friday afternoon amid stunned silence from neighbours and passers-by.
When the Sunday Express crew visited the scene, workers from the Deputy Sheriff’s office were busy removing Mr Moremoholo’s expensive belongings, among them a stove, beds, refrigerator, and lounge-suite, from the house and dumping them outside the premises.
The Deputy Sheriff, Mr Lebohang Mika, was also at the scene, as well as two armed plainclothes police officers.
The Sunday Express understands the house was sold for M390 000 in December last year through auction, after Mr Moremoholo had reportedly failed to settle a M308 966.08 home-loan he had with a certain financial institution.
Neither Mr Moremoholo nor his relatives were present on Friday, when the Deputy Sheriff was effecting a High Court eviction order granted by Justice Tšeliso Monapathi on 29 April.
Shocked neighbours could only watch, most of them from their homes, as their fellow resident’s property were being unceremoniously thrown out of the house.
A neighbour, who refused to be named, said if Mr Moremoholo or his relatives were present, he would have kept their furniture for them.
“If he was here, or his relatives, we would keep his furniture for him. It is really sad that one’s property is being thrown into the streets like this,” he said.
The Sunday Express again visited the residence yesterday, and saw the new owner had already started renovating the house.
The cottage, which had been occupied on Friday, was also vacant yesterday and it appeared the tenant had also moved out. But there was no-one available at the house.
Deputy Sheriff Mika said he was only doing his job when one neighbour confronted him regarding the eviction.
Mr Mika even showed the resident, and the Sunday Express crew, the court order that gave him the power to go into the property.
The Court Order, issued by Acting Chief Justice Tšeliso Monaphathi, noted: “The registrar is directed to issue a Warrant of Arrest whereof the 3rd Responded (Commissioner of Police), is to arrest and bring the 1st and 2nd respondent (Moremoholo and his wife ‘Mamothebesoane respectively) before the court.
“The applicant, as Deputy Sheriff, is authorised, with the assistance of the 3rd Respondent, to gain forceful entry into Plot 13274116, Khubetsoana, Maseru, and to evict the 1st and 2nd respondent, from the aforesaid property.”
Contacted yesterday for comment, Mr Moremoholo said he was in South Africa and not aware he had lost his home.
“I have nothing to say on this matter because as we speak, I am in Klerksdorp, in the North West. I have been told by many people about that incident. But what I can tell you is that my assets are in a safe place,” Mr Moremoholo said.
The former All Basotho Convention Youth League leader said he was not aware the new owner had already started renovating the premises.