Man faces car theft charges

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A Lehlakaneng, Ha Motloheloa man facing a cross-border car theft charge is set to reappear in court on 29 September this year.

Police spokesperson Superintendent Clifford Molefe said Tefo Koma (42) was arrested during an Uzalama 3 Police Operation which took place on 29 June 2016.

“Tefo Koma appeared in court on 15 September facing charges of stealing a car from South Africa. He was asked to pay a M1 000 fine and M5 000 surety, of which he paid the fine and put a car as surety. He will reappear in court on 29 September,” Superintendent Molefe said.

Meanwhile, 22-year old Tšolo Monyane from Tšenola was remanded in custody for allegedly attempting to stealing a car.

“It is reported that on 10 September 2016, Mr Monyane and his accomplice, who is still on the run, boarded a 4+1 car transporting passengers from Qoaling to town,” said Superintendent Molefe.

“One of the men took out a knife and threatened to stab the driver if he didn’t stop the car. The driver was however brave enough to drive the car until they arrived in Koporasi.”

He said the two men alighted from the car and fled, adding the driver saw the police highway patrol and informed them about the incident.

“The police officers chased the two suspects and Mr Monyane was arrested somewhere around the Iketsetseng area,” Superintendent Molefe said, encouraging members of the public to never shy away from reporting a crime to the police.

“A police officer is a police officer regardless of the office they have been assigned to and whenever you see a police officer and there is a crime taking place, approach them and report it.”

He said a manhunt was underway for the other suspect.

Superintendent Molefe also revealed the Ministry of Police and Public Safety signed a memorandum of understanding with Vodacom Lesotho last week as part of efforts to address challenges public drivers and Basotho face.

“Under the MOU, members of the public will soon be able to contact 67 police stations throughout the country free of charge using the number 112 to report crimes. These are some of the efforts we are making to nip crime vice in the bud,” he said.

Superintendent Molefe however warned the public against misusing the number as the application enabled the police to identify callers.

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