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Molepolole in the grip of murder spree

Yvonne Mooka

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Four murder cases have been reported in Molepolole, the capital of Kweneng district, since the beginning of the year. Police statistics show that 87 cases of threat to kill were reported from January to October last year.

Molepolole Police Station Commander Superintendent Lebani Burns, who joined the police station last year November from Charleshill Police Station – said the majority of the cases came from women who had come to report their intimate partners.

Supt. Burns complained about the ‘rowdy’ behaviour’ shown by some of the villagers, especially youthful men. “Most of them are just angry. They need serious education on how to maintain relationships. They forget that relationships have their own ups and downs”. However the brutal killings do not just happen between lovers. “Here I work 24/7,” Supt. Burns said of his frustration, adding, “If we were in church, we would be saying some men here should go for deliverance”.

January
Ipelegeng woman killed
A Molwane man stabbed his girlfriend to death with a knife. She was on her way to work with friends when he ambushed her and killed her. They were both under 30. He is reported to have been jealous and accused her of cheating. He would later kill himself.

February
Burnt body discovered on V-day
Herdman in Molepolole discovered a burnt human body whilst looking for cattle in the bush at Ratotoboro ward on Valentine’s Day. He discovered a heap of burnt circular wires, but upon scrutiny, he found burnt human bones underneath.

The shocked man ran to the police station to report the incident. Superintendent Lebani Burns said they suspect it is a female body. “It showed that six tyres were used to burn the body, but fortunately the body was covered on the face with a t-shirt and the fire did not affect the face that much”. He explained that a bright nail polish was discovered on the toe nails, which led him to believe it was a woman’s body.

He told The Midweek Sun this week that they have remanded the perpetrator. “He had given her a lift from Molepolole to Gaborone. They didn’t know each other. Our suspicion is that he raped her, but he is denying it”. She was 28, he is 26.

Man kills ex-girlfriend at work
Kabo Motlhabane 35, who allegedly stabbed to death his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend Boipelo Mpolokang at Borakalalo ward in Molepolole last week Friday was found and arrested on Sunday. Supt. Burns said he was in the company of his friends and they were fueling their car at Engen filling station around 9pm.

He stabbed her several times in full view of her colleagues. The incident happened around 8am when the deceased, who was an Ipelegeng employee, had just reported for work at Borakalalo kgotla. Motlhabane was arraigned on Monday and has since been remanded. He is expected back in court on March 11.

Burns also confirmed that the deceased’s daughter and some of her close friends had on that fateful day been under police protection because the suspect allegedly threatened them. He said the suspect had two previous murder convictions

Attempted murder
A man in his early 50s fired three shots at three men he suspected wanted to search him after they found him sleeping in his car along the road at around 5am, according to Supt. Burns but fortunately none got injured. Police are still investigating the matter.

Burns said they have since approached the district commissioner to arrange for a Kgotla meeting with Kgosi Kgari Sechele. The purpose is to discuss the social ills in Molepolole.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

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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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