383 Basotho arrested in South Africa

MASERU — South African police on Saturday arrested 383 heavily armed Basotho immigrants at a Famo music concerns in Welkom.

The concert was at President Brand Mine Shaft premises in the mining town of Welkom.

Of those arrested 89 were women who were believed to be illegal immigrants.

The arrested individuals are believed to be members of Seakhi, a famo music group that hails from Thabana-Morena and Likhoele in Mafeteng district in Lesotho.

Welkom police spokesperson, Stephen Thakeng, told the Lesotho Times that the police had recovered guns, knives, an axe and fighting sticks during the raid.

“Seventeen fire arms were seized with live ammunition, they comprised 11 9mm pistols, four 3.8 special pistols and two 7.65 pistols. Besides these 12 knives, one axe and 127 sticks were also found,” Thakeng said.

The arrests followed a tip-off from the local community that there would be armed illegal immigrants at the music concert, Thakeng said.

“We got the information that they would be armed with illegal firearms. The operation responded at about 8pm and dragged into the next morning at around 5.30,” said Thakeng.

Officers from the Welkom detective services, mine security, the Hawks and Bloemfontein Tactical Reaction Team and Public Order Policing conducted the raid.

A press release from the SAPS office in Welkom said the police had confiscated an undisclosed number of DVDs as well as bottles of liquor.

The arrested immigrants face charges of violating South Africa’s immigration laws.

They are also facing charges of illegal possession of firearms.

Welkom station commander Colonel Ansie Foley said the police “will continue to hit hard against illegal immigrants and illegal mining and for us to receive information from the residents is a clear indication that they are sick and tired of crimes committed in their residential areas”.

The Lesotho Times could not verify the names of the Seakhi musicians who were billed to perform at the show.

Seakhi is a group of musicians which has been embroiled in a bitter fight with another famo group called Terene.

The fight between the two groups has claimed over a hundred lives over the last two years.

Thakeng said although none of the arrested men had confessed that they are Seakhi members it was clear from the manner they were dressed that they belonged to the group.

Seakhi members are commonly identified by their trademark Letlama blanket.

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20 thoughts on “383 Basotho arrested in South Africa

  1. Ke hona hantle ha ba tsóeroe. Akere Lesotho moo ha ba etsoe letho kahobane toka hae-eo! Joale Mmuso oa South Africa ona o tla ba bontsá pela li falla. He re tennoe ke lipolaeano tsena tsa bana ba thari!

  2. pompong w r sck a tired ke batho bana ba terene. thy thnk ke melingoana, nxa. o ntse a nka bana ba batho ba itapetse o bakhotlisa ba thotse. semate o chulo ore o sebelisa bana ba batho joalo ka li “cd”.

  3. WELL DONE SAPS WELL DONE!

    Ke ona heee mosebetsi o tsuileng matsoho ona oa sepolesa sa Afrika-Boroa mohlomong Molimo oa terene o tla qeteletse a ts’oeroe a boletse hore ‘na hobane ha a ntse a romella bashanyana ba hae Lesotho hore batlo bolaea batho ba bang, ke se ke itse litla hlahella lintho tsena tsa lona, lona likoata ting tsa mafeteng, hee lere tenne

  4. Pongpong o hobella letlapeng ka ho khalema Lejoe, ehlile batho ba seakhi ba joalo le CD tsa bona ke puo tsa naheng. batletsetletse Welkom mono lithena ba emellane le ho bolaea batho ba terene lithunya tseno hali isoe ballistics ka Maseru re tsebe na Selomo o bolailoe ke mang a romiloe ke mang mashano le LIKETSELETSO li fele

    ha e tlale

  5. Ha e tlale ea masepa mo! Hase betsoe, se betsoe le kahara bakhatjhane ba mafahla, batle bautloe ekare baeatjha!!! Hell, lentse lere ke Terene eona nthoe, kapo tjhe basotho bakhabane haletsebe Terene, nthoena ke Setimela, nxakha fotsek ebile Setimela sebetere hale KHOLO, nthoe ke GUTSHI, hako bone tje ka hae laishitse MASHALA fella hoeona mona. Hell Hong le mokhanni oa eona, ampa likholo ekareng talepokhoma bamotimme qathi, a kepisi nyana tsabo sotlehi, hell bashanyanating letletse manganga, ene lekekebe laphonyoha likoankoetla, le hale kaba lareng.

    Selemo sea thoasa kesena, babang ke basuoe bakobo lipeli nxakha, ke buoa ka makhutla tseleng, liritamele likobong, litleperetsa dikobo, ke buoa katsona libuoela ruri, le iketsa beterenyana lentse apara likobo tsa matlama, tjhe likekebe tsaletshoanela lekhale, letletse madi leletjena, lekhenathetse.

    Hase betsoe Seakhi, Thabana-Morene MAFETENG Mount Fletcher Matatiele.

  6. Mona hee sa se Lesotho moo le iketsetsang borata, le tla ts’oaroa le soabe likoata, ke li bone koata tseo Welkom moo ntse li hlahisa lithunya li re lia bapala

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