MASERU — Police on Monday warned street vendors at Sefika Market to stop selling goods that are not in line with their trading licences.
Police spokesperson Masupha Masupha said the police last week confiscated 19 crates of beer suggesting some traders were involved in illicit sale of liquor.
“The police raided the market and found some sealed bottles of beer that had been abandoned,” Masupha said.
He said they have since been informed that some illegal beer outlets were operating until morning in violation of the law.
“We have been informed that the same vendors are working together with criminals who rob people who come to the market,” Masupha said.
He said some vendors claim that they have licences that authorise them to sell beer but most of them failed to produce such documentation during last week’s raid.
The police are asking the owners of the confiscated beer to come forward.
“Most vendors claim on local radio stations that police take their property and use it for their own benefit instead of presenting it to the courts of law,” Masupha said.
He said they also impounded two taxis that were not road-worthy and had no required documents.
In a separate incident, a 48-year-old man from Ha Abia was arrested last weekend for allegedly stabbing another man to death on Saturday.
According to the police the deceased, who was 34, had parked his taxi in the yard of the suspect with an unknown woman.
When the suspect arrived at around 10 pm he confronted the two who were sitting in the vehicle.
During the ensuing row the suspect stabbed the man with a knife on the chest. The man died on the spot.
Local villagers reported the incident to the police resulting in the arrest of the accused.
The suspect is expected to appear in court soon.
The woman who was with the deceased when the incident occurred ran away and police are looking for her.