Fouriesburg farmer remains in cuffs over ‘toll gate’ to Lesotho

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The 38-year-old woman, alleged to have aided illegal crossings in and out of Lesotho in exchange for money from her Fouriesburg farm, remains behind bars for the remainder of May.

Free State Hawks Spokesperson, Christopher Singo, tells OFM News that on Monday 24 May the Fouriesburg Magistrate’s Court postponed the matter to 31 May for bail application. In the meantime, the 38-year-old farm owner, identified as Modiehi Engelinah Mofokeng, and the illegal immigrant who was found in her presence when she was caught, Thabo Moji, remains jailed.

It is alleged Mofokeng used a backhoe to dump sand on her “rivals” – other illegal crossings at the border – leaving only her crossing open for use.

After receiving a tip-off, the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) set up an undercover operation and asked Mofokeng if they could gain access to her farm to move a hijacked vehicle across the border. It’s said she agreed and charged them R1 000 for one vehicle to cross. Mofokeng was promptly arrested, alongside Moji. She is now subject to further investigations to ascertain if she had her hand in any other cross-border crimes.

 

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