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Of 11 cattle heads and a speeding Honda Fit

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Kgotla Gotcha of Lentsweletau village lost 11 cattle recently, and he suspects this to be the work of professional thieves who sell meat to butcheries. Gotcha’s 11 cattle were killed in three different places. Suspicions were raised when a blue Honda Fit was spotted invading the farms at a high speed only to disappear into thin air.

“At first we missed four cattle then the next day one of the cattle came running to the kraal without its bell. We could not make anything out of this until a ‘blue Honda Fit’ sped away in the direction of Gaborone with the last four cattle of the 11 killed,” he explained.

He says that someone saw this car carrying loads of meat and decided to follow the car tracks until it led them to all the three spots where the cattle were slaughtered. “This was within a short radius of our home and surprisingly we found paths that had been opened in the bushes, suggesting that the thieves had all the time to prepare for this heinous act. “We found all the heads and hooves of our cattle there,” said Gotcha. They observed that the culprits were using two cars as they found different car tracks at one of the crime scenes. One of the cars even had a puncture, he said.

They also found the bell that belonged to the cow that had escaped. “We found four heads in the first spot, six in the other and the last one we found with three other live cattle tied to tree trunks,” he explained.

Gotcha said this was well planned and that the culprits used sophisticated equipment considering the cleared roads and the kraal structures that were erected for this purpose. What shocks them is that there is a prominent farm around them which was suddenly closed, yet it has been open for sale all the time. “Everything here just doesn’t add up and it happened so fast,” he said adding that only private security personnel can get to the bottom of the matter.

Lentsweletau Police Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Motshwari Mokamogo confirmed the incident and said that investigations are still ongoing. He said that they have not yet caught any suspect. He said theft of cattle was rife in the area.

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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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