MoAfrika owner’s cookies theft case postponed

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MASERU — MoAfrika FM boss Ratabane Ramainoane’s trial for allegedly stealing cookies and a public telephone has been postponed to June 1.

The case was moved from last week to allow Ramainoane and his co-accused to have their legal representative in court when the hearing resumes.

Ramainoane, who is also editor of MoAfrika newspaper, is jointly charged with his wife ‘Maclain Chere-Khoase Ramainoane and Jobo Letele.

It is the crown’s case that the trio allegedly stole a public phone and a bucket containing cookies belonging to ‘Matlotlisang Tlali at the Lesotho Cooperative College on March 14.

The trio first appeared before the Maseru Magistrates Court earlier this month and were each released on M200 bail.

The case is before Magistrate ‘Makopano Taole. Cqinumuzi Tshabalala is the prosecutor.

Ramainoane is not a stranger to the courts, although in the past his cases have been related to the media.

In 2000 his MoAfrika, then known for criticising authorities, was left on the verge of collapse after being ordered to pay M170 000 in a libel case.

Ramainoane also ran into trouble with the government several times for allegedly “promoting chaos in the country by giving a platform to people with dubious political agendas”. — Lena.

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