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‘Illegal for cops to seize driver’s licenses’


Police Spokesperson Senior Inspector Clifford Molefe
Police Spokesperson Senior Inspector Clifford Molefe

IT is illegal for police officers to confiscate driver’s licences from motorists, and those whose documents are seized must report to their nearest police station.

Police spokesperson, Superintendent Clifford Molefe, said this in the wake of a surge in complaints by motorists who claim to have lost their driver’s licences after they were confiscated.

Traffic police manning roadblocks usually ask for driver’s licences before inspecting the vehicle.

He said the confiscation of driver’s licences was contributing to cases of corruption as motorists felt compelled to bribe traffic police to get them back.

“Police officers should not confiscate driver’s licences and those who have their licences taken should report to the Pitso Ground Police Station which is responsible for traffic-related issues,” said Superintendent Molefe.

He said in the event that motorists have broken the law, they should be charged and the matter taken to court.

Superintendent Molefe said 42 public transport operators were last week convicted for contravening traffic laws such as driving without driver’s licences and D Permits, which are meant for buses, taxis and “four-plus-one” taxis.

He said the convicted public transport operators were fined between M500 and M1 000 depending on their offences.

The police spokesperson also called on the general public to tip them off when road laws are breached by public transport operators to curb incidents of crime.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Molefe also revealed that the police seized

seven knives during a stop-and-search operation in Butha-Buthe and arrested a 27-year-old Literapeng man for illegal possession of 390 grams of dagga.

He said they also discovered 25 firearms and 84 rounds of ammunition in various operations after being tipped off by the public.

Superintendent Molefe added that the weekly police operations also yielded 16 knives, a knobkerrie and 14.2 kilograms of dagga with six suspects having appeared before the courts. – LeNA.


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  1. The poor old officer does not even code a section for us! He is also seated on his butt in his office and does not really have an idea of what is happening outside here. Na Ntate o re re lo qosa thokolosi ho moloi? Pitso ground of all places!

  2. This phrase “…report to nearest police station…” o e sebelisa hangata hoo a seng a sa utloe ha ese applicable.

  3. Which number should we call to report? Going to the nearest police station how while the license is taken and technically that is driving without a license?

  4. It’s super pathetic for ntate molefe to even suggest we report this because the root of corruption is too deep. They recruit police officers with corruption, these people bribe their way in to be police officers so how can they ever be loyal to the public. I know they are trying to look like they are fighting corruption but truly speaking it’s WORTHLESS and PATHETIC.

  5. Mapolesa a Lesotho haana taolo hoo akao loantsang haoka hana ka license, those guys are so corrupt ho ke ipotsang na ba khethoa joang ho hiroa

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