Lesotho police minister probed for flouting lockdown rules
KINGDOM of Lesotho — Lesotho’s minister of police and public safety, Lehlohonolo Moramotse, is under investigation after a video showing him buying alcohol and flouting lockdown regulations went viral, a police source said.
Lesotho has prohibited the sale and purchase of alcohol during a 24-day nationwide lockdown, which began on March 29, to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
But a CCTV camera monitoring a liquor warehouse showed the police minister collecting boxes of alcohol and loading them into the boot of a silver SUV car.
“Police are investigating this matter,” a senior police source told AFP.
“Investigations are at a very advanced stage.”
But police spokesman Mpiti Mopeli said he was unaware of any investigations.
Although Lesotho is the only southern African nation that has not recorded a coronavirus case, authorities ordered the lockdown amid fears that the virus could be imported from South Africa, which completely surrounds the kingdom.
South Africa has recorded 1,845 coronavirus cases.