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Lesotho police say Sibolla not key witness, under amnesty int. protection

Sibolla fled Lesotho when police started questioning first lady, Maesiah Thabane, on the 2017 killing of the prime minister’s estranged wife Lipolelo.

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

JOHANNESBURG – Police in Lesotho say the survivor of the shooting that killed Lipolelo Thabane, Thato Sibolla, is now under amnesty international protection.

But authorities have given an assurance that she will be given protection of her choice back home if need be.

Sibolla fled Lesotho when police started questioning first lady, Maesiah Thabane, on the 2017 killing of the prime minister’s estranged wife Lipolelo.

She sought protection in South Africa when the first lady was granted bail under questionable circumstances.

Deputy Police Commissioner Paseka Mokete says while Sibolla was not the witness that provided information which linked Prime Minister Tom Thabane and the first lady to the shooting that killed Lipolelo, she still needs protection.

“To us as investigators, she is not a key witness. She knows absolutely nothing. However, what she told me is that she is under amnesty international protection."

But Mokete says Sibolla’s family back home also feels unsafe.

“As the Lesotho police service we are ready to give her protection. So, they are entitled to say ‘I don’t feel satisfied getting protection from police, I would rather get protection from the military’.”

Lesotho’s first lady has been charged with Sibolla’s attempted murder – while the prime minister also faces the same prospects if he eventually makes an appearance in court.

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