MASERU — Two women, ‘Mamoroke Mahloane, 39, and ‘Mankopane ‘Malitlhare ‘Neha, 38, were on Thursday granted bail of M300 each when they appeared in the Maseru Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of fraud. The first accused, Mahloane, is an employee in the District Administrator’s office in Maseru. The two were charged with unlawfully using the District Administrator’s stamp to stamp a birth certificate while misrepresenting that it belonged to one ‘Mamakhala Jemena Makatla.
This was done without the owner’s consent. The crime allegedly happened last April. The crown alleges that the two released a birth certificate in the name of Makatla without lawful authority and purporting it to be a document of the government of Lesotho. On the third count, the accused are being charged with unlawfully and fraudulently interfering with a date stamp at the DA’s office to make it appear to have been used on May 7, 2010.
During the court proceedings, it was revealed that the second accused is an unemployed, unmarried woman with three children. The prosecution had no objection on their bail application and stated that investigations regarding the case were complete. The case was remanded to September 11 for set down. Resident Magistrate ‘Maboitumelo Pitso is presiding over the case while Advocate Rethabile Khaile is representing the crown. — Lena
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