Home Uncategorized Lesotho diplomats run illegal alcohol ring in SA

Lesotho diplomats run illegal alcohol ring in SA


The country’s Consul General in Johannesburg said it was common knowledge that his colleagues sold duty-free alcohol and even took it across the border.

Some of the duty-free alcohol sold by Lesotho diplomats in South Africa. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – Eyewitness News has uncovered a duty-free alcohol ring run by Lesotho diplomats in South Africa who say they are making up for the shortages in their salaries.

What started as an Eyewitness News investigation into the government of Lesotho’s inability to pay expenses for staff resulted in the discovery of various fraudulent activities.

The country’s Consul General in Johannesburg Majoro Mohapi spilled the beans after City Power cut off the electricity supply to his home in Sandhurst.

Mohapi said he spent Christmas without electricity after City Power cut it off because he owed more than R100,000 and had been reconnected illegally.

“I was ill advised by my staff that sometimes the bills were not paid and so it piled up until City Power cut it off and my staff reconnected it.”

Mohapi said he and other colleagues often spent their own money to cover expenses such as petrol and cellphones to do their work – but some had resorted to selling alcohol that they bought duty-free.

He said it was knowledge that his colleagues sold duty-free alcohol and even took it across the border.

“I would say 90% of my staff are doing that and they are making profits out it. To me it’s an illegal business because they are defrauding the South African revenue authority of tax.”

Diplomats are allowed to pass borders without declaring goods and Mohapi said some of them used this privilege to export to bars and restaurants in Lesotho.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Public protector’s office a ‘superhero of our constitution’, says expert while cautioning MPs

'But with this great power, there's also great responsibilities': Hassen Ebrahim ...

The land of our forebears will be returned to the people of our country, says Ramaphosa

ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa waves to supporters, 6 January 2022, at the Mokopane,...

UN Secretary-General congratulates government, people of Zambia – South.Africa.com

The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has congratulated the government and people of Zambia, after that country’s electoral commission...

Ivory Coast to begin Ebola vaccinations after case confirmed in Abidjan – South.Africa.com

Ivory Coast said it would begin vaccinating health workers and others in the commercial capital Abidjan against Ebola on...