MASERU — A man has been hospitalised with serious injuries after a security guard shot him in the back for allegedly parking his car in a bay reserved for a supermarket owner.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha told a press conference on Monday that the man had a quarrel with the guard and as he left his car he was shot in the back.
The guard has since been arrested and appeared in court this week.
The man, who is facing charges of attempted murder, was remanded in custody.
His pump-action firearm will be presented before the court as an exhibit, Masupha said.
“The victim was shot in the back after having an argument with a security officer over a parking space. The victim was admitted in hospital,” Masupha said.
“We have noticed that there are people who block parking spaces saying they belong to them. Some street vendors even use parking space as a market area and they refuse to allow people to park their vehicles. What they are doing is illegal and we will act against them.”
Masupha said it is only the Maseru City Council (MCC) that can reserve parking space in the city.
He said shop owners who want spaces reserved for them in front of their businesses should apply to the MCC.
It is wrong for shop owners to assume that spaces in front of their businesses are under their control or belong to them, he said.
MCC spokesperson, Lintle Moerane, said if one needs to own a parking space they need to apply for it.
“No one owns parking space unless one has applied to the MCC to allocate space for her. Currently we don’t have enough parking areas so we cannot allocate a parking area to an individual,” Moerane said.