ROMINENT FARMER IN HOSPITAL UNDER POLICE WATCH

Bongiwe Zihlangu and Nthethe Maphaong

MASERU – Outspoken Mokhotlong wool and mohair farmer Khotsang Moshoeshoe, who has been vocal in opposing government’s Wool and Mohair Licensing Regulations, 2018, was yesterday arrested for what police say was “related to the ongoing wool and mohair saga” but would not divulge the exact reason.

Public Eye Online understands that Moshoeshoe’s high blood pressure shot up badly shortly after he was arrested yesterday and was rushed to hospital, where he was admitted and was now recuperating under strict police watch. Speaking to Public Eye Online this morning, acting police spokesperson Senior Inspector Rantaoana Motsoetla confirmed the arrest, that Moshoeshoe was still in police custody pending investigations and that he would appear before court as soon as the investigations were concluded.

“Yes, I can confirm that one Khotsang Moshoeshoe was arrested yesterday on wool and mohair related issues. He will remain in custody pending police investigation and will appear in court as soon as they are concluded,” Motsoetla said. He further confirmed that after his arrest, Moshoeshoe’s high blood pressure shot up and was rushed to hospital where he was recuperating under police watch.

“Yes, he is currently in hospital after his high blood pressure shot while in police custody and is currently recuperating in hospital under police watch,” Motsoetla said. Meanwhile, a call by the Public Eye Online to Moshoeshoe’s mobile was picked by one Mosehle who described himself as Moshoeshoe’s right-hand man.

Mosehle confirmed that Moshoeshoe was in hospital although he did not say which one, adding that the prominent wool and mohair farmer was recuperating after his high blood pressure shot up yesterday. “He is in hospital recuperating under police watch, as he is still under arrest,” Mosehle said. Almost a fortnight ago, Moshoeshoe nearly came to blows with Minister of Trade and Industry Tefo Mapesela, as the latter attempted to close the Thabang Woolshed in Mokhotlong, of which the former is chairman.

In an interview with the publication following the altercation, Moshoeshoe described Mapesela’s behaviour as “unbecoming of a cabinet minister”. According to Moshoeshoe, Mapesela had no right to shut the Thabang woolshed because it did not belong to government but was gifted the Mokhotlong wool and mohair farming community by Lets’eng Diamond mine.

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