The first crown witness in a case in which former minister of defence and national security Mr. Ts’eliso Mokhosi is charged together with six police officers with murder of Police Constable (PC) Mokalekale Khetheng appeared before the High Court on Tuesday.
The High Court through Justice Thamsanqa Nomcqongo convened on Tuesday to proceed with the hearing of the case as was agreed by the parties involved in the case on September 04, this year but the case did not proceed due to the unavailability of a foreign Judge or Judges to hear it.
Addressing the court on behalf of the crown, Advocate ‘Naki Nku explained that the crown is ready to proceed with the case today (Tuesday) and has brought its witnesses including its first one who sat in the witness box ready to testify in the case.
After her submission, Justice Nomcgongo revealed that he has been reliably informed by the Acting Chief Justice (ACJ) that this particular case and similar ones are going to be heard by foreign Judges whose preparations for their arrival are at an advanced stage and urged that Lawyers involved in the case agree on a further postponement date to which it is believed the Judges would be available.
However, the male witness could not be asked to take an oath before testifying and mention his names before court as the Judge had already made it clear that the case was not going to proceed on Tuesday.
Appearing for Mr. Mokhosi, Advocate Qhalehang Letsika told the court that defence is also ready to proceed with the case but is saddened to hear that this case is also going to be heard by foreign Judge or Judges who have not yet arrived.
It is after this submission that Lawyers agreed with the court that the case be postponed to November 06, 2018.
In this case, Mr. Mokhosi is charged together with former Commissioner of Police Molahlehi Letsoepa, Senior Superintendent (Snr. Spt.) Thabo Ts’ukulu, Senior Inspector (Snr.Insp) Mabitle Matona, Inspector (Insp.) Mothibeli Mofolo and Sub-Inspector (Sub.Insp) Haleokoe Taasoane and Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Ts’eliso Moerane for the murder they allegedly committed in 2016.
They are charged with contravening the provisions of Section 40(1) of the Penal Code No. 6 of 2010 in that they acted in concert and in furtherance of a common purpose and intentionally murdered PC Khetheng during an incident that happened on March 26, 2016 at Ha Mokhalinyane, Maseru.
Article Source: LENA