MASERU- In the past, women have been ignored from crime statistics. Women's criminality was largely invisible in Lesotho – much the crimes of wealthy powerful men.
In most cases, police always blamed men of low intelligence or those from a working class family for delinquency as they were perceived criminals. But now things have taken a new twist. The police are now on the hunt for women ‘tsotsis’ who are growing in large numbers in Lesotho.
Take for instance, the reported cases of women shoplifters. In December last year a 27 year-old woman was sentenced to one month imprisonment with an option of M100 fine by the Magistrate court for shoplifting five litres of paraffin in a shop, according to Lena.