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Beware: Rapists on the prowl

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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.

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Pilane’s expulsion from UDC a ‘stillborn’

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Sidney Pilane’s retaliatory social media response to recent media reports that the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD) president will soon be shown the door at the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) clearly shows that the Advocate has the UDC at his mercy.

Those close to the current developments say that Pilane knows the weaknesses of the constitution of the UDC, an advantage he seems to be enjoying as he clearly knows that the other three partners have no constitutional rights to expel another party from the coalition.

In his response, Pilane points out that he is not a member of the UDC, since an organisation has no power to suspend or expel a person who is not its member. He continues that he participates in the UDC in his capacity as the leader of the BMD, on the instructions of the latter movement as its representative in the NEC of the UDC, and in no other capacity.

“The UDC is not competent to decide who may represent the BMD in the UDC NEC, nor is it empowered to suspend or expel the BMD from the UDC. The relationship inter se of the parties which are members of the UDC as a coalition is a contractual one, and the agreed UDC constitution does not give any contracting party or parties authority to suspend or expel another contracting party.
“Even if the UDC had such power, which it does not, it would be able to do so only after due process, which has not been extended. Such a process is not worth undertaking because it would be stillborn,” he fired from the hip.

He continued that parties that become disenchanted with the UDC or another contracting party member of the UDC are at liberty to leave the UDC. Moreover, he continued that the unwavering position of the BMD is that any party which is a member of the UDC is free to leave the UDC at any time as “ours is a free country and the parties that remain in the UDC will carry moono forward and work to take power in 2019.”

The Botswana National Front (BNF) and Botswana Peoples Party (BPP) Secretary generals Moeti Mohwasa and Venter Galetshabiwe had earlier on admitted in an interview that they have indeed met but could not divulge information concerning their indaba but a close source had revealed that the meeting was intended to push Pilane under the bus, an action which is legally impossible according to Pilane’s rebuttal statement.

“Neither the BMD nor I have received any communication from anybody concerning any intended or actual suspension or expulsion. If we should, it would not be worth the paper it is written on,” he blasted.

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Maun woman tells of how she ‘lost’ her camp business

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Eunice Hadour is living in distress after she and her husband were conned of their tented camp business in Maun.

The two claim to have lost the four-hectare plot situated on an island in NG12 to a South African Afrikaner businessman who pretended to be buying a 60 percent stake in the company. Hadour is an indigenous Motswana from Shakawe while her husband is a naturalised Motswana who is originally British.

Hadour said that the man had approached her and her husband and expressed interest in buying a stake in the company. “The agreement was that we would give him a 60 percent stake,” she said. She said after the agreement, the man told them that he had an offshore account and to access the funds to pay them their stake, he had to have the share certificate so that the funds could be released.

The man has apparently changed all documentation. Asked how he got his hands on the title deed, Hadour explained that there was one occasion when they wanted to travel to Palapye to change the title deed status and he had volunteered to drop it off on their behalf.

“He smooth talked us and said it would be an unnecessary expense for us to travel just to take a document.” Hadour said that they noticed that something was amiss when the man’s father-in-law told some of their customers that they would soon be taking over the camp. Realising what had happened, the couple lodged a case against the man. Hadour noted that in court the man used fraudulent statements and witnesses as well as financial transactions. The case was heard at the Lobatse High Court over the years.

Hadour said that in the initial stages the incident had put such a strain on her that she had to be hospitalised as she was pregnant at the time. “I was admitted to a South African hospital for almost two months and my baby had developed a heart condition. Meanwhile, back home, these people had taken over the camp,” she said with a quivering voice. Hadour said that the most painful part was that she had not even received a single Thebe from this. She said they suspected corruption as no one took them seriously. “There are some people we heard they had bought off with cheap cars and tuckshops.”

After a court case that started four years ago, and knocking from door to door asking for help in their case, they are now on the verge of losing hope. She said that the man implicated in the matter has threatened to sue them should they mention his name in the media. “We recently received a letter from his lawyer stipulating that legal action would be taken against us if we mentioned his name,” she said. Hadour said their standard of living had detoriorated as they had no source of income and were now struggling to make ends meet. “We both studied tourism and that is all we know. This man seems to have closed doors for us because people want nothing to do with us.

They are all friends and the way I see it, they have spoken about us and are in this together – no one even listens to us,” she said. She added that they would have to settle for anything, even maid jobs to make ends meet because the situation has become bleak, their last money having been milked by legal and medical fees. She said they were also forced to move their children from private schools to government schools because of their changed economic status.

Hadour said the man often boasted that they had heard that some Batswana sold their land in exchange for bags of maize meal and clothes. “They said they told their friends in South Africa that there is land galore in Botswana especially in the North. Some of them trick locals. They can buy a plot for a mere P5000. Some of them claim to be leasing and ask the locals to sign documents while others forge their signatures. They don’t explain anything to them or intentionally trick them.”

Hadour cautioned Batswana to be cautious on issues of land and businessmen who claimed to want to buy their businesses, property and land. “There are crooks out there. I never imagined that something like this could happen to me.” She told The Midweek Sun that she had been to the Ministry of Tourism and even DCEC to try and seek help with no success. “We once even met Minister Tshekedi Khama who seemed sympathetic but advised us to wait for the court process to take its course. We now want to go back to him and see if there is nothing we can do to help us,” she said.

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