Lesotho top cop Molibeli says PM Thabane implicated in his wife’s killing

The police commissioner says a cellphone number - known to police - traced to the area where Thabane's estranged wife Lipolelo was shot in 2017

Lesotho PM Thomas Motsoahae Thabane (C) looks on during proceedings at the closing ceremony of the 37th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government at The OR Tambo Building in Pretoria on 20 August, 2017. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Lesotho's police commissioner has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Prime Minister Tom Thabane has been implicated in the killing of his wife in 2017.

Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli is facing suspension but he's challenging his removal in the courts.

Among court documents is a letter he wrote to Thabane informing him he was a person of interest.

At the weekend, Molibeli received a letter informing him that he had been placed on indefinite leave but he's having none of it.

He said that a cellphone number - known to police - that was traced to the area where Thabane's estranged wife Lipolelo was shot in 2017, called Thabane's mobile around the time of the shooting.

In a brief conversation with Eyewitness News, Molibeli confirmed that the letter and two others requesting assistance from the SAPS and the FBI were authentic.

He also said that he believes they were the reason that Thabane wanted him gone.

Molibeli's challenge is expected to attract attention when it's heard in the high court today because of the letter but even more anticipated is Thabane's reaction to the release of the letter implicating him.