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Jan. 11, 2022

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SA ex-inmates still in Lesotho

SA ex-inmates still in Lesotho

Former Prime Minister, Dr Pakalitha Mosisili

Story highlights

  • The men were convicted of attempting to assassinate former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili
  • The State of affairs has frustrated the foreigners who were forced to spend another Xmas in Lesotho

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TWO South African inmates who were released on amnesty by the Lesotho Correctional Service (LCS) are still in the country, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Senior Cadet Officer Pheko Ntobane has said.

This, he said was because the SA government had not said anything regarding their release in spite of the fact that it was informed about it.

Senior Cadet Officer Ntobane said the former inmates spent the Christmas holidays in Lesotho, adding that they were frustrated by the state of affairs.

He was however, quick to note that their lawyer was in talks with relevant authorities including the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ombudsman and the South African Embassy in Lesotho among others, to ensure their safe return home.

The other six inmates - Mozambican nationals who were also released with them have since safely return to their home country in December.

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They were transported by the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to their embassy in Pretoria, South Africa from where they ferried home by the Mozambique Red Cross.
The ex-convicts were sentenced to 15 years in prison by the High Court of Lesotho for attempting to assassinate former Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili at the state house.

The men were among the 49 prisoners who were granted Amnesty in November last year by the LCS in commemoration of Lesotho’s 55th independence anniversary. LeNA

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