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June 23, 2024
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CORRECTIONAL OFFICER: GOOD SAMARITAN 

Maseru, May. 31 — It seems Correctional Officer Sepiriti Malefane played the role of a good samaritan as according to evidence given by inmate – LDF Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi.

This was said by Commission Chairman, of inquiry investigating the escape of inmates at Maseru Central Correctional Institution (MCCI) and the torture of others on Friday.

Justice Realeboha Mathaba asked Correctional Officer Sepiriti Malefane if he would want to ask the inmate any question during cross examination of which Malefane implied he has no questions.

When testifying, the inmate indicated, while a group of Correctional Officers assaulted them, he was aware Malefane along with Jane did not assault them instead were the ones who were against this act.

“The pair were against the acts and even tried to stop other Officers who were assaulting us”. He emphasised.

Other Correctional Officers who testified earlier were: Khosi Hlalele and Mojalefa Ramabusa to mention but a few.

On the contrary, one of the Lawyers representing some Correctional Officers, Advocate Themba Lesupi put before the Commission that inmate Moepi’s statements pose a lot of mistakes and inconsistency that should be handled with care by the Commission as it is not credible.

“We feel his plight as he has been in the institution for the last seven years and still awaiting trial. His illness even fuels his frustrations more”. He noted.

The Agency has established that to ensure smooth operation in terms of logistics and others pertaining to the work of the Commission, M2 million has been set aside by government so that independent investigation is initiated.

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