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‘Please forgive me’

Keletso Thobega

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Murder convict Thabo Masilo cut a forlorn figure in court this week as he begged for forgiveness for killing Tshepo Motlhabane. Masilo appeared at the Gaborone High Court on Monday for sworn evidence in mitigation. His lawyer Kgosi Ngakaagae told court that he would present two witnesses, being Masilo and his mother, Victoria Masilo, who told court about her son’s psychosocial development.

Masilo, who was once plump, has lost a considerable amount of weight and prison life seems to have accelerated his ageing, as he now looks older than his 27 years. He cut a subdued persona, a far cry from the cocky juvenile character of previous years. The lad, who is also serving another term for robbery and rape, arrived in court surrounded by armed prison warders. He was dressed in dark blue chino pants and a light blue printed floral shirt and shades.

Gone is the infamous unkempt Mohawk cut. It has been replaced by a fashionable fade cut with funky lines, as is the trend nowadays. Court one was packed to the rafters as family members, former schoolmates, law students, media and curious members of the public sat without shifting to lap up every detail on what could have transpired on that fateful day on 16 November 2012 when Motlhabane was stabbed to death by Masilo in her family home in Phase 4, Gaborone.

The Court heard that on the day of his arrest, Masilo had taken drugs. He stated that he had joined a few friends he went to school with and gone on a drinking spree, drinking seven quart bottles of Zamalek (Black label liquor) and smoking three zolo (joints of marijuana).

Strangely he recalled details of what happened on the day despite his intoxication. Masilo told court that he had introspected and learnt from his mistakes. When Ngakaagae asked him if he would kill again he responded that he would not and claimed that he had been rehabilitated as he now held motivational talks in prison to encourage fellow inmates to turn over a new leaf.
He also stated that he was doing his last semester of a Degree in Business Entrepreneurship he had been doing through BOCODOL.

When Ngakaagae asked him to present a message to the Motlhabane family, Masilo said: “I am full of remorse. In my life, I never ever thought that I would be in such a position. I want the Motlhabane family to know that I keep them in my prayers. “I also pray that they have a sense of forgiveness towards me. God says we should forgive others. If I had the chance and it was possible that I be released, I would get close to the Motlhabane family to try and make amends with them.” The case will continue on 8 April 2019 for final submissions and to set a date for sentencing.

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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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