There was a sigh of relief in Tlokweng last week when news broke out that two Zimbabwean nationals Progressive Ndlovu and Nfakazi Ndlovu were arrested.
This followed a spate of rape and robbery incidents that had bedeviled the village for some time, with the rape incidents following a similar pattern. Initially, they were three; but their fellow Zimbabwean friend only known as Lloyd, managed to escape from the police through an ungazetted area near Tlokweng border where they were caught around 12 noon.
Police say Lloyd is very dangerous, and along with Nfakazi, 30, he has a record of rape and robbery cases dating back to 2016. The trio were caught with money and stolen goods all valued at P22, 000. According to Police Assistant Commissioner Spokesperson, Dipheko Motube, the police received reports last week Wednesday from their victims in the morning. They had broken into a house and raped two women in front of their mother. They would later make away with their laptops, watches and cellphones among other valuables.
At the CID offices
Crime Intelligence boss, Senior Assistant Commissioner Nunu Lesetedi and his team had their work cut out, move from one place to the other in their quest to help the rape victims. Lesetedi explained that the trio entered the house of their victims around 3am, tied them up, raped them, took their bank cards and went to cash their money at a nearby ATM machine. Various people that said they had been raped and robbed by the duo before, were also there to identify them and their missing goods. It was a tense moment.
Nfakazi could not come for mention at Extension II Magistrate court at 3pm, as he was said to be ill and had been taken to Princess Marina hospital to see a doctor. A woman and her partner arrived in a classy Mercedes Benz, and from her overflowing tears, one could see she was one of the victims from previous incidents. CID officers gathered around the couple and after a while, the couple went to a car surrounded by other CID officers. There, inside, was Progressive, and the emotional woman identified him as the perpetrator of her heart-rending incident.
The broken woman was raped in front of her man, with the perpetrators throwing shades at the man regarding their good sex skills. “They asked him how he felt watching them having sex with his woman and used demeaning language to hurt him,” said Lesetedi. Progressive, 31, appeared for mention before Magistrate Batho Kgerethwa and was taken to prison. However, he said he wanted to go and inform his family back home as they could maybe hire a lawyer for him. Nfakazi appeared the next day on Thursday.
The two will appear for mention on April 24. On the same date, Nfakazi will be sentenced for his previous crimes. “He escaped prison at the time of sentencing,” said Assistant Commissioner Motube. It was also stated that the accused had nowhere to stay in Botswana, and lives in Hillbrow, South Africa. Information reaching this publication is that they live with a Nigerian in South Africa, who is equally a criminal involved in drugs and money peddling.
How they break into houses and attack
A man whose two helpers were raped by the trio in January told The Midweek Sun that they went through his neighbour’s yard and cut his electric fence. It was around 2am when he got the shock of his life. “They came dragging our two maids from downstairs, and went and tied them up with iron cables, then they used my suit ties and ensured that both my legs and hands were tied up.
They also tied my wife,” he said, adding that they threatened them with knives. Another victim said that she was shocked as to how the accused men managed to enter their electric-fenced yard, which even has an alarm and burglar bars around and main doors. “They threatened me with knives and axes and raped me, demanded my bank cards and PINs, and went and cashed close to P20 000,” she said, adding that her neighbour had also become a victim recently. Motube says that criminals break into a house and do not care whether the security is tight or not. “They always know how to enter into people’s yards and houses. They are not even afraid of dogs. Actually, in other countries, they can even attack armed soldiers,” he said.
VACANCY: President of the UDC
Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) President, Advocate Sidney Pilane says Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) does not have a President.
He revealed this week that UDC leader, Advocate Duma Boko was given the leadership of the coalition on a temporary arrangement. Advocate Pilane who was addressing the media this week, following the expulsion of his party from the UDC stated that in the buildup to 2014 general elections it was agreed that Advocate Boko should be presidential candidate for UDC, an arrangement that ended at the time when the UDC lost the 2014 general elections.
“It was decided that Botswana National Front (BNF) should be given the presidency so that Advocate Boko could be our presidential candidate. The late Gomolemo Motswaledi of BMD was to be his running mate. We made this arrangement in preparation to taking over state power.
So, all that has passed, we contested and lost so it is all in the past,” said the BMD leader. He stated that constitutionally, the UDC has no president because the president has to be elected during the UDC elective congress. Advocate Pilane pointed out that UDC according to the Constitution should hold its congress every three (3) years.
He stated that even all the members of UDC National Executive Committee have to be elected at the congress and as it stands, “there is no president or Vice Presidents because they were not voted into those positions.”
Advocate Pilane said instead of building the UDC brand their colleagues at Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and Botswana National Front have resorted to petty issues. He told the media that the leadership of the two parties have taught their members to insult BMD leadership and its members on social media and any other forum.
He had no kind words for the BCP, calling the party a divisive party that thrives on insults and divisive tendencies. He said the BCP leadership had encouraged its foot soldiers to use social media to insult him and members of the BMD.
According to Advocate Pilane, these are some of the things that have made the two parties remain in opposition for far too long without even coming close to toppling the ruling party. He described them as dishonest people who will plunge the country into chaos and that is why Batswana do not want to give them power.
VIDEO: A Gaborone hotel Prophet caught in the act
In a matter that closely resembles that of a South African Cabinet Minister, Melusi Gigaba’s masturbating video clip, a visiting Zimbabwean Prophet, Ronald El Melchizedek of Altar of Grace this week denied that he has been sending nudes to church sisters and demanding same from them.
In fact, the ‘man of God’ has earned himself the name, ‘Botswana’s Omotoso’ by girls that allege he has sexually exploited them. Pastor Timothy Omotoso is a Nigerian clergyman accused of sexually exploiting over 30 young girls from his church in South Africa.
“He is an Omotoso and even though they hide it at his church, some of us have received messages from him asking for our nudes. Actually, he has asked for my nudes several times,” says one church sister.
The Midweek Sun has gotten hold of a 34 seconds video clip of the youthful prophet playing with his manhood. Looking like he is in a hotel room, the man stands fully naked in a muted video that, depicts him speaking and teasing the recipient. In a standing position, he starts off by caressing his manhood, giving it a close up and ends up lying on the bed, facing up.
At least three young women say they received the video from the prophet and that he usually asks for nudes from them. One of them actually says he has been pestering her, demanding to have sex with her. “He likes to send me messages of how horny he is for me. But again, he likes asking for nudes from women.
Even married women at his church have fallen victims of his sexual harassment. I left the church because he disgusted me by doing such things yet calling himself a man of God,” she says.
The woman however says that Melchizedek, a Zimbabwean who holds services at Gaborone Hotel when he is in the country, is a man of accurate prophecies. “He moves mightily in the prophetic but he likes harassing church sisters. It is known in his church. He is married but controlled by the spirit of lust,” she says.
The Prophet responds
Melchidezek told The Midweek Sun that he was aware of the video of him doing the rounds through WhatsApp, but was quick to label the whole thing a scam.“Yes we are aware. Those are scammers from Benin who hacked into my wife’s Facebook account and phone and stole our videos and pictures. So they wanted to blackmail us and we refused, that is why they are doing that.
It is just an effort to harm the work of God but God is in control,” he told The Midweek Sun. He would not be drawn into responding to, or even discussing the allegations levelled against him by church sisters, but instead gave this reporter a mobile number of a person he said was his wife.
The said woman confirmed that the video was posted by scammers. “That was done by scammers. We have reported them to Benin police,” she said. She however would not give the name of the police station nor go into further details.
This incident follows on last week’s revelations reported by this publication, where several girls spoke anonymously about pastors, prophets and ‘men of God’who were using them sexually in church. Many were uncomfortable to reveal their names, forcing this paper to also conceal the identies of the accused churches and pastors involved in the dirty acts in the name of God.
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