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IN COURT: Martin Moyo at Mogoditshane Customary Court

Gopolang Godisang (37) thinks her boyfriend is the perfect man for her, despite his habit of repeatedly physically and verbally abusing her.

Godisang and her boyfriend Martin Moyo (28) appeared before Kgosi Keabetswe Dihutso at Mogoditshane Customary Court last week after she reported him for assaulting her, one of her children and maliciously breaking her property.

According to Godisang on August 11, she called Moyo to inform him that their five year old child was sick and he had to come home so they can take the child to the clinic.
A few hours later a drunk Moyo arrived at her house angry and hurling insults at her in front of her other children.

When Godisang’s eldest son, a 19-year-old Botho University student, tried to calm Moyo down he assaulted him. Then he hit Godisang even twisting her arms before moving on to breaking all the windows in her house.

However, the unemployed mother of four told Kgosi Dihutso that she and Moyo loved one another a lot and they were still together. All she really wanted, she said, was for Moyo to pay for the windows he broke. In an interview after the court case, Godisang told this publication that Moyo, whom she has been dating for the past five years, was a good man who just has a “little” problem with alcohol.

“Yes, maybe when he has had alcohol he slaps me around and can be verbally abusive sometime but he loves me and has accepted my other three children as his without complaining. He is smart, and works really hard for us,” she said.

She added that he is the “most charming person you would ever hope to come across” when he is sober. Meanwhile Moyo, who pleaded guilty to all the charges was sentenced to six lashes and P500 which he should pay within 15 days.

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Church distances itself from Pastor who livestreamed his suicide

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Head Pastor at Metsimotlhabe Holiness Union Church France Koosimile has distanced his church from Phenyo Godfrey who committed suicide live on social media a week ago. Speaking to this publication this week, Koosimile said Godfrey was never a Pastor at Holiness church as assumed by many.

Godfrey, who goes by the name Bishop P Godfrey on social media, allegedly shot a video of himself committing suicide on Sunday evening. According to a few friends and those close to Godfrey, the deceased was from Molepolole and has been identified as a pastor at Holiness Union Church in Metsimotlhabe.

On the evening  of Sunday last week, he went live on Facebook and proceeded to put a rope around his neck. He was seen in the short video hanging by the neck until he took his last breath. TO READ THE FULL STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S (11 August 2021)  PRINT EDITION OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

 

 

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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