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“We shouldn’t justify rape”- Kgosi Seboko, Sakufiwa

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Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete has come to the defence of abused women by challenging liberated men to start empowering other men on life issues.

Kgosi Seboko says that men who have a good understanding of their role as protectors of women and children should teach others how to go about it. “Men shouldn’t rape us. It doesn’t matter where a woman is, she should never get raped. Go betelela ke bophologolo and men should man up and protect women and girls,” she says.

She laments that women get raped anywhere, whether it is at bars, or in the comfort of their homes. “We have cases where women were raped by their neighbours, girls raped by their stepfathers and women raped wearing long dresses. So it’s not about how you look and where you are,” she says. But the Kgosi and her ilk speak off tangent with Texas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who reckons that women bear some of the responsibility in preventing sexual harassment and abuse. 

Johnson says that women should understand that ‘rights come with responsibilities.’ Of course she angered feminists when she told NBC 5 news station late last year that she was disappointed and angered by the allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct against Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein. The Democratic Congresswoman who represents Texas’ 30th district says that a woman’s behaviour, including the way she dresses, can invite sexual harassment and assault.  “I grew up in a time when it was as much the woman’s responsibility as it was a man’s ― how you were dressed, what your behaviour was,” Johnson said.

“I’m from the old school that you can have behaviours that appear to be inviting. It can be interpreted as such. That’s the responsibility, I think, of the female. I think that males have a responsibility to be professional themselves,” she said.  Johnson believes that sexual harassment and assault happen because women allow it.  “I think we also need to start talking about the power that women have to control the situation.

There’s law enforcement, you can refuse to cooperate with that kind of behaviour,” she said. “I think that many times, men get away with this because they are allowed to get away.” But Kagisano Women’s Shelter director Lorato Moalosi-Sakufiwa, like Kgosi Mosadi Seboko, says that the issue is rape and not what women wear or where they go. “Going to drink is not a crime, neither is wearing mini-dress. The perpetrator should stop,” she states, citing the recent Tlokweng cases to show that women get raped even at their homes.

Recently, a woman aged below 25 was raped by four men behind a bar in Molepolole. At the scene, there were witnesses that blamed her for being over-drunk. “Even when we called the police, they found her drunk. She didn’t even know that she had been gang-raped,” a witness said. Botswana Police Service public relations officer, Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube says statistics from crime overview for the festive season show that 110 rape cases were recorded from December 18, 2017 to January 3, 2018.

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BMC secures beef market in Seychelles

Dikarabo Ramadubu

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Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) will soon start to sell its beef to the Island of Seychelles. Not only will they sell frozen raw meat, but will also send corned beef for trial in the Island.

All this is thanks to last week’s visit by President Mokgweetsi Masisi who included in his delegation executive management of the BMC, led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Akolang Tombale.
The agreement signed between BMC and two leading Seychelles companies, will see BMC exporting at least 48 tonnes of raw beef to the island possibly from October. The names of the two companies that BMC signed an agreement with are Seychelles Trading Company which is a quasi-government organisation, and Rosebelle Company which is privately owned.

Although both have agreed to trade with each other, BMC cannot start immediately, as they have to wait for the green light from Seychelles companies who still have to apply for import permits in accordance with the law of their republic.

Speaking to The Midweek Sun, Tombale expressed gratitude that they managed to get good business in Seychelles through the assistance of President Masisi. “We are ready to export any time from now. As you know Seychelles is an island surrounded by mountains and cannot produce much if not anything. “They therefore depend much on imports even from as far as Brazil and Europe. Their economy is driven by tourism and they do not differ much with the European market in terms of the demand for beef as most tourists come from Europe and United States.”

Dr. Tombale said they agreed with the two companies that since “we are not sure about the logistics we will start by selling 24tonnes to each company per month, meaning we will be supplying the Island with a total of 48 tonnes per month. The idea is to start small and grow bigger as the people get used to our beef.” BMC has also negotiated to sell small stock meat to Seychelles and successfully negotiated for local chicken farmers to start selling their range chicken to Seychelles as well.

According to Tombale, he negotiated the deal after being approached by local chicken farmers amongst them Kgosi Mosadi Seboko of Balete, who requested that “we should try to find a market for chicken farmers as we go around the world searching for the beef market.” Tombale revealed that for a start both range chickens and small stock will not be supplied in tonnes or large quantities as they will be sold on a trial basis.

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G-west community reunion-walk a resounding success

Keletso Thobega

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Multitudes turned up for the Mosengwaketsi community walk and braai session this past Saturday in Gaborone West. The walk was held in the morning and was preceded by football games and a braai session that went on until late in the evening.

According to the event director Tshenolo Palai, the aim of the community day event was to revive community spirit and address crime and social ills. “The Mosengwaketsi community reunion will be held not only to create a platform to build unity but also address the social ill of passion killings,” he said.

Palai said that they had also invited health stakeholders for a wellness segment because they had realised that there are many health related conditions that affect the quality of people’s lives hence they had joined forces with religious organisations, the business community, neighbourhood outreach policing and other stakeholders in the area to encourage a culture of unity and create dialogue between all the parties.

He noted that they had wanted to create a relaxed environment conducive for different people to engage and strengthen their networks. He said they were also concerned with the high rate of crimes of passion in Botswana and also wanted to create a platform for both men and women to open up on issues that affect them because most people tend to be more relaxed in a social setting.

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