Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

News

Former teacher jailed for child maintenance

LOCKED UP: Segwagwa

A former teacher looked startled in the dock last week when a Molepolole Magistrates court sentenced him to a three-month jail term for failing to pay maintenance for his two daughters.

Thulaganyo Segwagwa (56) from Dutlwe village had failed to honour a court order requiring him to have settled his child maintenance arrears of P23 200.00 by February 13th, 2020.

The amount had accumulated for 29 months from August 2015 to December 2017.

The remorseful Segwagwa pleaded with the court to give him one more month to settle the outstanding debt, but Magistrate Kefilwe Resheng told him that the court order was not negotiable as the sentence had already been passed by the substantive Magistrate Rosemary Khutlo who was away on leave.

“My job here is only to commit you to prison,” she ruled.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The distressed Segwagwa took a deep breath, resigning to his fate as the police chained him in leg irons and handcuffs before pairing him with other offenders bound for prison.

Segwagwa had been ordered by the maintenance court to pay the sum of P400.00 for both of his kids and later on the amount was raised to P800.00 after the children’s mother, 38- year-old Tswelelelo Tshaakane, requested for increment.

Outside the courtroom, the dejected Segwagwa told The Voice that after his retirement from work in 2012, he pleaded with Tshaakane to allow him to pay in advance an amount that will take care of the children’s welfare till they reach the age of 18, but she demanded an amount that he could not afford.

“She gave me two options to either pay P200 000.00 cash or to continue paying the P800. But when I made the calculations I realised that I only needed to pay P72 000.00. Unfortunately I did not have the money at the time,” Segwagwa said and added that he was still struggling to raise the money as he was now unemployed.

When he realised it was difficult for him to pay the maintenance, Segwagwa said he requested to take the children to care for them while staying with him, but their mother refused.

His 20- year-old first born has since completed Form 5 while her 16-year-old younger sister is still doing Form 4.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“I may have been broke, but I did all I could to show my kids that I love them, including frequently visiting them,” he said as he frantically pressed his cellphone trying text his family about his prison committal.

1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Lane Rannosang

    March 6, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    They only realise the reality when its already too late,this should come as a lesson to most men who neglect their responsibilities towards their children

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

You May Also Like

News

*76 year old man says his 71 year old wife cannot be trusted *Questions surround their marriage under Community of Property

Sports

The Kazungula Bridge Marathon has welcomed more sponsors to their fold as the dates for the event approaches. With First National Bank Botswana (FNBB)...

News

Family fallout over land sold to bury father When Maun-based businessman, Balothanye Pelaelo died from Covid-19 complications on 9 August last year, he left...

News

A Headman of Records at Mokgenene village is accused of indecently assaulting his girlfriend by tearing off her undergarment in the presence of the...

News

Court frees defilement convict who did not know the girl’s age It cannot be defilement if you did not know age’- High Court Five...

News

*How Covid-19 widows found healing in collective grief *Support group transforms sorrow into solidarity Since the advent of the pandemic, 2 534 deaths have...

News

Molepolole Police are investigating a rape case in which a man allegedly raped a mentally disturbed man at Palamaokue ward in Lentsweletau village. Confirming...

News

Police in Thamaga are worried by the increasing cases of fraudsters and swindlers impersonating public servants. According  to Deputy Station Commander, Busang  Malope, they ...

News

GBV and divorce discussed in detail to find old solution to new problem Although the idea of an annual ‘Men’s Conference’ is widely seen...

News

A 30-year-old Tonota man looking for a donkey has made an ass out of himself after allegedly threatening to kill his mother when she...

Politics

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH DEVELOPMENTS IN YOUR AREA SO FAR? Two years and two months after the general elections, some Members of Parliament, especially...

News

Family of drowned Moshupa children dismiss talk of the supernatural With widespread speculation of the supernatural doing the rounds in Moshupa, rumours pounced upon...

Business

Sourcing epic content for UPICtv This week’s Boss is Mahatma Ramoloko, a Content Sourcing Specialist at UPICtv, an online video service established in October...

News

Maun businessman, Daniel Pretorious of Beef Boys Meat Market, this week appeared in court suspected of buying stolen cattle. Testifying in court on Tuesday,...

News

Competition Authority approves partial BCL acquisition The Competition and Consumer Authority (CCA) this week unconditionally approved the acquisition of certain assets belonging to BCL...

International

Whipped Warriors exit AFCON with a whimper A few years back, then South Africa’s Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula referred to their national team, Bafana...

Advertisement

Copyright © TheVoiceBW. (Since1993) made with ❤️ in Botswana.