Press "Enter" to skip to content

Lesotho’s ex-first lady granted bail in murder case


FILE PHOTO: Maesaiah Thabane, wife of Lesotho’s former prime minister Thomas Thabane poses for a photograph at the State House in Maseru, Lesotho, February 18, 2020. At the time, her husband was still prime minister. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham/File Photo

Lesotho’s former first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, was granted bail on Monday despite objections from the police that she is a flight risk.

Thabane is accused alongside her husband, former prime minister Thomas Thabane, of the murder of Lipolelo Thabane, the former leader’s wife.

The former first lady was arrested earlier in June after an appeal court revoked her bail on suspicion that due procedure was not followed when it was issued.

S.Sudan NEWS PORTAL:  African Union requests to extend UNAMID mandate until end of 2020

The 43-year-old has been charged with ordering the killing of Lipolelo, who was shot dead  near her home in Lesotho’s capital, Maseru, in June 2017.

She denies any involvement in the murder.

When police tried to question her earlier this year, she left the country for neighbiouring South Africa.

“The petitioner has fled before and is likely to do so again. She is also very dangerous and has resources she can use to hire hitmen to interfere and eliminate the witnesses,” Lesotho’s Deputy Police Commissioner Paseka Mokete said in his objection to the decision.

S.Sudan NEWS PORTAL:  Tonj citizens welcome appointment of state Governors

Lipolelo was estranged from Thomas Thabane at the time of her murder. Her killing came two days before the latter became Prime Minister. Thomas married Maesaiah a month later. He is also a suspect but denies any involvement and has yet to be formally charged.

Original full article available on the website → Africa Live – CGTN Africa

Credits : Africa Live – CGTN Africa ( → Author : South Sudan PRESS REVIEW

S.Sudan NEWS PORTAL:  Comboni Celebrations in Juba

Publishing and Aggregation by : South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
Permission : Central Press Syndicate South Sudan
Facebook : South Sudan NEWS PORTAL

We respect the intellectual property rights of our news sources and expect our users to do the same. We may provide links to external news sources from time to time, but any trademarks, logos, photographs and videos remain their copyrighted works. If you feel our website violates fair use or infringes on your copyright, inform us immediately for redress.
The Central Press Syndicate of South Sudan publishes articles related to South Sudan from press wires, verified social media sources and Google news, thereby centralizing South Sudanese news from all over the web, in an easy to read format.


Read related stories with similar tags below:

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply