In a written statement from the Lesotho government, it was reported that a curfew was declared across the country between 22:00 and 04:00 to combat the increasing crime cases.
In the statement, it was stated that the ban covers everyone except those working in essential services such as security and health and people on special leave, and those who violate the ban will be sentenced to a fine or imprisonment from 6 months to 2 years.
In the statement, it was noted that the curfew will remain in effect until further notice.
Murder of journalist Ralikonelo Joki
In the national press, it was pointed out that the curfew came after the murder of Ralikonelo Joki, one of Lesotho’s leading journalists and radio announcers.
Joki died in the capital Maseru on May 15, as a result of an armed attack by unidentified people during his radio show.
In the statement made by the South African Media Institute (MISA), it was noted that the assassination of Joki, who had received death threats before, was an attempt to silence journalists in the country.
Last year, the Kingdom of Lesotho, where 43 of every 100,000 people died as a result of murder, is shown as one of the most dangerous countries in the world.