The office of the Prime Minister with the assistance of private companies such as the Lesotho Post Bank and the Lesotho National Insurance Group, held a mass funeral service for at least 30 unidentified Basotho nationals at Lepereng in Maseru yesterday.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Mr. Limpho Tau indicated that, despite the bodies being not identified by their families, they also traditionally deserve a dignified burial.

Tau said the government intervened in this matter as according to Basotho’s culture, the remains of a human being must be buried in a dignified manner.

He therefore pleaded with Basotho, to ensure that, when they leave their places of origin in search of jobs, they should keep in touch with their families, and also ensure that they always have some form of identification with them.

The Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli said, most of the dead were killed in taverns

From the 33 unidentified bodies, three are said to have been identified by their families and shall be buried with the assistance of the government, on a date yet to be confirmed.