Angry mob attacks businessman

MASERU — A businessman had to run for his life on Sunday after some villagers from Koalabata pelted his house with stones because they suspected he was responsible for the gruesome murder of a 13-year-old old boy.

The villagers suspect that the businessman is linked to the murder of Moholobela Seetsa whose mutilated body was discovered in a shallow grave in a valley near his home.

There is suspicion that the boy could have been murdered for ritual purposes.

Fearing for their lives, the businessman and his family fled the village.

This paper has withheld the businessman’s name because he is not on the police’s list of suspects.

His safety and that of his family has also been considered in the decision to withhold his identity.

An angry mob descended on the businessman’s house on Sunday afternoon after a village meeting to discuss Moholobela’s death.

Singing protest songs, the mob started pelting the businessman’s house with stones.

Witnesses said some villagers tried to burn the house by setting its curtains on fire.

The businessman’s family however managed to put out the fire before the police rescued them from the angry mob.

Senior police superintendent Tšeliso Tšita confirmed the incident and said that after the attack they took the businessman into protective custody.

Tšita also confirmed that some villagers had reported that the businessman could be linked to Moholobela’s murder.

The villagers, Tšita said, had also reported that the businessman was linked to other murders that have never been reported.

Moholobela’s body was found in pieces two weeks ago in a valley not far from his home. Its head, feet, hands, genitals and heart were missing.

The rest of the body parts, except the heart and genitals, were later found buried on the same area where the body was discovered.

Yesterday hundreds of villagers marched to the police headquarters in Maseru to meet the police commissioner.

The villagers demanded that the police expedite investigations in Moholobela’s murder.

They were met by acting police commissioner, Kizito Mhlakaza, who promised the police were doing all they could to solve the case.

In a letter submitted to Mhlakaza, the villagers said they “are not happy with the lack of interest by the police when Moholobela Seetsa’s death was announced”.

“We request that the police commissioner increase the number of officers investigating this murder. There should be adequate transport to do that,” the villagers said.

They added that they were now living in fear after Seetsa’s murder.

“Our children are terrified. They are not free. We can no longer send them around the village because they are scared.

“Please find our child’s murderer so that we do not end fighting one another.”

Tšita said the police had received reports from the villagers since the boy was reported missing that they suspected the businessman’s involvement in the murder.

He said that the man was brought in for questioning. His house was also checked but Tšita said no evidence was found to link him to the murder.

“The public has always alleged that the man was responsible for the death of the boy but the police have not found any evidence to link the alleged suspect to the murder. The public was wrong to attack the man.”

Tšita said a case of malicious damage to property had been opened.

The villagers said they hope the demonstration will put pressure on the police to arrest the businessman.

“We have a suspect. We have informed the police about our suspicion but no arrest has been made. All fingers are pointing at one person,” a female villager who refused to be named said.

“We are angry,” said another villager.

“We feel so belittled by the devil who just grabbed our child in our midst and slaughtered him like an animal. Whoever did this must pay. His blood (Moholobela) will haunt them forever.

“He (the suspect) is still within us. Who knows what he is planning as we speak? We have to keep watchful eyes on the children all the time. That is not normal,” said a male villager.

“We want to help Seetsa’s family in any way we can. Their child’s murder is not just their pain. It is ours as well. We will support them all the way.”

Police spokesperson senior inspector Masupha Masupha said no arrests have been made but added that investigations were continuing.

Some villagers have contributed money towards Moholobela’s funeral.

He will be laid to rest in Koalabata on Saturday.

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24 thoughts on “Angry mob attacks businessman

  1. taba ena e bohloko haholo. Mapolesa a ke a etse mosebetsi oa ona kannete. Ooele, basotho, ha re ke re hopoleng moo re tsoang teng. Sekoele bana ba Thesele. Liretlo ha li ke li fele. Nama tsa motho li ka u tlisetsa molemo oa eng? Monna enoa a ke a ts’oaroe hle ntate Mhlakaza. Mosi o kunkela moo mollo o leng teng. E ea kae baneng?

  2. i agree with you sputla but why beat the man? why vandalise his place. why dont people sqeeze the police by their balls and make them serious. ha ke rate ha re inkela molao haesitana hose motho eo u ka utloang hotoe o ahloletsoe lefu. heeeeeee!!

  3. Ke ipiletsa hore sechaba se nang le mapaki/monyenyetsi ba fe mapolesa ele hore litaba tsa Moholobela li sebetsoe kapele leka toka. Rena le thahasello moo re le Basotho. Hangata Basotho re lumella khalefo ebe joale makhotla h’ana bopaki bo ka thusang ho sebelisa toka ea molao. Monna enoa le eena hamoho le ba ntlo ea hae o lokela ho fuoa ts’ireletso joaloka motho/mosotho ase bolaoe. Sepolesa hase fose ha se mo fa ts’ireletso. HA RE TLOHELENG HO PATA BOPAKI, HA RE HLAHISENG BOPAKI MAKHOTLE A MOLAO TOKA E PHETHOE RE SE INKELE MOLAO MATSOHONG PLS.

  4. Achee taba ena e khoali e khoatsana, baheso batsoali ba mofu le ts’elisehe, litaba tse tjena ke ea tseba ha li monate, empa ho tla loka. Haele taba ea hore monna enoa o tla ts’oara ke kopa le e lebale, hobane Lesotho mona re khabile ka tjotjo, ke mokhooa ona naha ena ea rona e ntseng e tetebela.

    Re tla leboha Mapolesa a tlang ho sebetsa ka boitelo hore babelaelloa ba ts’oaroe, hobane rona e sale bana ba bo rona ba thunngoa ke mapolesa ba sa loane ba namelela lepolesa leo batho ba motseng ba neng ba batla ho le bolaea, ho fihlela hona joale nyeoe eo ha e-so buuoe, ho tloha 2007. Ho feta moo Lepolesa leo le ile la balehisoa motebong oa sepolesa seo a neng a sebetsa ho sona, a tlisoa Maseru, lelapa la botsa hore ‘na nyeoe e ka lula neng ke utloa ba moballa Likalaneng. Ntate Seetsa bolokang masalloa ao a ngoana oa lona. Re tla libona mohla kotulo

  5. There is no smoke without fire, kea lumela. Tabeng ee ea monna eo oa mohoebi, what is the smoke? Ka mantsoe a mang, na ho na le ntho e amahanyang monna eo le ketsahalo ea liretlo? Ba tsebang ke kopa thuso.

    Ke kopela lelapa le oeleng ka phatla, matla ho Morena Molimo ka tahlehelo ena e malimabe. Baetsi ba ketso ena ba tlisoe molaong ka potlako.

  6. Ruri sechaba sa Lesotho se tlokotsing e ts’abehang ea litlolo tsa molao kahara naha. Tlolo ea molao is far beyond control, litoeba li ea nyanyaka ha Katse eona e ikhalehetse. Chehe! Hare makale, haesitana Mosisili a hlotsoe ho fumana babolai ba ngoana oa hae, a tsamaea a ntse a hlaseloa in de state house, a ka fana ka ts’irelletso ho sechaba joang?. Hase feela batho ba ikelang molao matsohong tjena. Mabili-a-terekere ke eena feela a ka loants’ang tlolo ea molao ka hara naha. O felletse ho kae Mokhoathi oa lesholu? Ho botsoe Mabili-a-terekere

  7. Ke ts’ilisa lelapa labo ngoana ea retliloeng. Molimo a le fe matla le moea oa ho hloka boiphethetso. Ba nkhang lefutha polaong ea ngoana, Molimo a ba senole. Haele sepolesa sa naha, se le re le keke la etsa lipatlisiso ka bolona tse forestic ntle le hore sechaba se fane ka menyenyetsi? Supt Ts’ita and ur section u are very incompetent. Le hloleha feela le ke ho etsa intelligent investigation. Hohoholo ke ho khama babelaelloa habale lipotsong moo ba le hlolang ka linyeoe ka lebaka la hloka litsebo tsa ho etsa lipatlisiso. Nkhono Nyahla, hoja oa bona hore mapolesa a fumana lithupelo le li resources tsa ho etsa lipatlisiso hantle. Sish!

  8. Katse e robetse litali lia nyanyaka. Li tsamaea katse holimo ebile li e hata le molomo, tse ling li e hata le mahlo ana hoo li e fahlileng ka linala empa ha hothoe letho. Le mosali o bolahiloe Ha Tsolo 2day, li tlo fella feela kaofela.

  9. it is a shame, you never realize that this type of thing still exist until it gets to your doorstep, our children are scarred, they no longer play outside at night. They are going to turn our country into a place where children have to be accompanied to go every where even walking to School?

    Just because someone is a businessman does not turn him into a murderer, DNA test will be done and then if someone is linked to the murder they will be brought to justice. What I would not like to see is people taking law into their hands! Village hatred, gossip etc.

    Why not educate people that this type of medicine does not work? people should learn business, there are so many schools in town.

  10. Mona ke bopaki bo bonahalang ka bofokoli ba sepolesa sa Lesotho.’Na ke se ke bile ke ikhethetse ho se tlalehe mathata a ka mapoleseng hobane ke hlokometse hore ke ho ipakela stress,ntle le ha u na le chelete ea tjotjo.

  11. Is circustancial evidence not enough to take suspects before de courts of law despite de fact that there is no direct evidence? Helang! Leka tseba ha ‘muso o ne o sa emeloa lepatong la Moholobela? Ache! Re busa ka puso ea ts’umong le ea ts’eba?

  12. Supt Ts’ita ekaba u se u le hakae ka lipatlisiso polaong ea Moholobela? Hohoholo ke ho ts’irelletso LCD, mosebetsi oa hau oa u hlola. Ba u ts’episitse ho u etsa letona Sepolesa na monnaheso? Haesale u le Serarana sa mafuma zonke

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