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More females commit crime

2 Women caught stealing cooking oil in a supermarket

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.

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Zooming-in on the informal sectors

Some of the barbershops around Sefika market

MASERU - Tebogo* Mokoena is ‘small time’ barbershop owner in the city of Maseru. His shop, which is made of loose or recycled material, consists of plastic and cut-off tree stumps making the shop’s skeleton in the form of what is locally known as a ‘phephesele.’

It is located near Sefika High School opposite Pitso Ground Police Station and the Flea Market area. This place is commonly known as the Bus Stop area or ‘Ha-Stopo’ because of its proximity to the bus and taxi ranks.

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