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Lesotho deputy top cop makes damning allegations against Maesaiah Thabane

Paseka Mokete described her as dangerous and capable of hiring assassins, saying she was friends with notorious gangs known for their involvement in turf wars.

FILE: Lesotho prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L), leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, his wife 'Ma Isaiah Ramoholi Thabane and Zambian President Edgar Lungu (R) attend Thabane's inauguration on June 16, 2017 in Maseru. Lesotho's new prime minister took office at the head of a coalition government, three years after he was targeted by a putsch and two days after the murder of his estranged wife. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Lesotho deputy commissioner of police Paseka Mokete has made damning allegations about first lady Maesaiah Thabane.

He described her as dangerous and capable of hiring assassins, saying she was friends with notorious gangs known for their involvement in turf wars.

Mokete submitted an affidavit to support a court application appealing the first lady’s bail. Maesaiah was granted bail after being charged with the murder of her husband Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s second wife Lipolelo.

Police said acting Chief Justice Maseforo Mahase did not allow them to oppose her bail application.

Mokete joined the survivor of that shooting and two relatives in an application to have Maesaiah’s freedom revoked. His affidavit said that not only was Maesaiah a flight risk because she fled before, but she was also capable of hiring assassins and had access to the notorious Famo Music gangs.

Mokete said Maesaiah had the power to influence the other accused in this case, who hadn’t yet been charged.

WATCH: Friend of Tom Thabane's murdered wife on life after surviving shooting

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