Lesotho diplomats facing hard times have been accused of allegedly selling duty-free alcohol in South Africa.
Consul General Majoro Mohapi had reported to EWN that they were enduring staff shortages and lowered staff salaries. In an attempt to survive they had to resort to the sale of duty-free alcohol within the region.
“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,” Mohapi had told EWN.
Due to their status of being diplomats they are allowed free passage through the borders and are not required to declare their goods, this gave them the opportunity to sell exported goods to bars and restaurants in Lesotho.