The High Court this week relaxed the bail conditions of suspected ritual murderer, ‘Malehlohonolo Scott, which it imposed in August 2013.
‘Malehlohonolo and her son, Lehlohonolo, were arrested on 12 July 2012 for the suspected ritual murder of Moholobela Seetsa (13) and Kamohelo Mohata (22) in January and July 2012, respectively.
However, Lehlohonolo (29) escaped from Maseru Central Prison on 14 October 2012 as he awaited trial, but was re-arrested in Durban, South Africa on 5 April this year. He has been in Durban’s Westville Prison since the arrest, while his extradition hearing continues in the Durban Magistrate’s Court.
Following her son’s dramatic escape, ‘Malehlohonolo (59) was released on M500 bail in August 2013 on condition she reported to the nearest police station every Friday.
But according to her lawyer, Advocate Thulo Hoeane, the High Court on Tuesday directed that she should now avail herself to the police once every two weeks.
“The judge varied ‘Malehlohonolo’s bail-conditions and said she should now report to the police fortnightly. Nobody had made such an application; it was the judge’s discretion to make those changes to her bail conditions, and the matter was postponed to 9 March 2015. It is expected the case will proceed on that date if the First Accused (Lehlohonolo) would have been brought back to Lesotho by then.
“But if by that time he has not been extradited, that date will only be used for mention,” Advocate Hoeane said.