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‘Please help me do surgery from man to woman’

Yvonne Mooka

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Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who was recently attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is pleading for help from members of the public to assist with sponsoring her sex reassignment surgery from male to female.

A free-spirit, Matshameko says that she is tired of being disrespected because of her sexual orientation. She is pleading to both government and the private sector to help her perform the surgery. She says that she has been advised that it can be done in South Africa.

“It’s not by choice that I’m a transgender woman. I’m tired of the bullying and insults hurled at me every now and then. People call me words like ‘brazen’, skhokho, laitiyaka and auti. I ‘m a woman and I want to live my life in peace,” she says. She works at Payless, BBS mall in Gaborone. “Next to where I work, there are some boys that always shout at me and call me names. They’d say to me ‘Hey wena o p**o, mosimane ke wena o itirang ngwanyana. O batla thupa, o batla go bolawa,” she says however adding that she has chosen to ignore them.

She says that employees from other stores would come to her supermarket to harass her and shout at her in front of customers saying she is a man and should stop behaving like a woman. Last month, a 43 second- long video of Matshameko lying on the floor, behind a car with a group of people calling out her private parts and saying she needs to be exposed on Facebook, circulated on social media. In the video one of the men slaps her bare buttocks, saying that she is not a woman. They also removed her wig. The video ends with her crying.

In a previous interview with The Midweek Sun, she said that she had gone to the nightclub and decided to go out and use the toilets. “When I got there, I just fell and blacked-out. Bouncers from the club then decided to take advantage of me upon seeing me as it is shown on the video. They did so with their friends that don’t work there,” she said then.

A trans woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. For Matshameko, she discovered that she was transgender when she was growing up. She says that even her family has long been aware of it. “When I discovered that I’m a woman, I felt good about it. It’s who I am,” she says.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

Yvonne Mooka

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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