Lesotho police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old woman who
allegedly died on the premises of MoAfrica Radio FM after drinking a
traditional potion, writes Mzimkhulu Sithetho.
Police public relations officer, Pheello Mphana, has confirmed that the woman came from a village on the outskirts of Maseru and was set to go to the Queen Elizabeth II referral hospital, but changed her mind and went to MoAfrica FM.
She was allegedly given a 'Pitsa', a mixture of traditional medication produced in the studio for a group of women supporters of MoAfrica FM editor-in-chief Candy Ramainoane. The group calls itself 'Litotla tsa Ramaionoane' and often assembles at the studio to drink the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“PitsaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢.
The ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“PitsaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ is believed to cure infertility and other serious illnesses.
Police reports reveal that the woman felt uneasy after drinking the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“PitsaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ and was taken to the corridors to get cool air, but she later went down the stairs. Ramainoane later found her dead there.
According to Mphana, police were called and found the corpse in the boot of RamainoaneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s car. The body was taken to the Queen Elizabeth hospital mortuary. A postmortem report is awaited.
MoAfrica has developed new popularity with a strongly traditional approach after the station identified an untapped market niche in the rural communities.