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Friend of murdered Lesotho first lady fears for her life

Thato Sibolla is seeking protection in South Africa while she questioned the circumstances under which Maesiah Thabane was granted bail.

Thato Sibolla, friend of Tom Thabane’s second wife Lipolelo who was killed during a shooting in 2017. Picture: Xanderleigh Dookey/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The survivor of the 2017 shooting in which Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane's second wife Lipolelo was killed has filled court papers pushing back against the first fady's release from custody.

Thato Sibolla is seeking protection in South Africa while she questioned the circumstances under which Maesiah Thabane was granted bail.

Sibolla was in the car with Lipolelo when a gunman opened fire on them three years ago. It's alleged Maesiah was the mastermind of the killing.

Sibolla, who survived the ordeal, has told Eyewitness News she fears for her life and was in South Africa to apply for asylum.

She is now a key witness in the murder case against Maesiah.

The prime minister’s grandson, who carries the same name, is also an applicant, challenging the decision to grant the first lady bail.

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