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The curious case of Ntsie

VUVUZELA has been fascinated by the ongoing trial of the man named Habofanoe Ntsie for a number of reasons.

Ntsie is being accused of murder after he allegedly killed two of his neighbours in 2004.

The man claims to be a cameraman although nobody knows what he does with the video clips or photographs that he takes around the country every time and again.

Those close to the controversial cameraman confess that they do not know who employs him or who funds his lavish escapades.

The cameraman has a taste for expensive clothes and big cars but his source of income remains a mystery to all and sundry.

Maybe sooner rather than later the trial will give all of us a glimpse of Ntsie’s source of income.

But what has tickled Vuvuzela’s curiosity even more are revelations made by Ntsie in court recently.

The man says he killed his two neighbours in self-defence.

They were going to kill him if he had not killed them first, he says.

We shall wait for the court to interrogate that claim and make a competent determination.

But there are questions that the court may not bother to ask Ntsie.

Ntsie says when he learnt that his life was in danger he reported the matter to the police.

But he did not end there.

He also reported the matter to the National Security Service (NSS).

Vuvuzela wonders why an ordinary cameraman had that kind of access to the NSS.

And the curious case does not stop there.

The NSS allegedly offered Ntsie a gun to use as a weapon against those who were threatening to kill him.

Granted Ntsie’s life was in danger, but is it not curious that the NSS, whose preoccupation is national security, made a point of making sure that Ntsie, an ordinary man from Maseru, was protected and armed against his purported enemies?

All along Vuvuzela was under the impression that the security and protection of ordinary citizens is the responsibility of the police not the NSS.

Is it because Ntsie is after all not an ordinary citizen?

Or was the NSS protecting one of its own?

That aside, up to now Vuvuzela still wonders why Ntsie was conscripted to investigate the death of the prime minister’s son, Maile Mosisili, in 2002.

Moreover, is Ntsie a qualified investigator?

The courts may not have time to ask all these questions.

But they clearly beg for answers.

Yet the man is in the news again this week.

This time Ntsie was run over and injured by a speeding motorbike while taking pictures at the Roof Africa rally in the capital.

We are not sure what the cameraman was trying to prove by standing in the way of an accelerating motorbike but Vuvuzela wishes the injured man a speedy recovery.

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