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Granny beaten unconscious and then raped

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A 73-year-old grandmother endured a terrifying end to 2019 when she was beaten unconscious and then raped as she lay passed out on the floor.

Tonota police have since arrested Lesego Gabatshwane, 27, in connection with the incident, which took place on 31 December at Gulushabe Lands in Tonota area.

According to Tonota Station Commander, Oteng Ngada the old lady was sleeping alone at the lands when she was attacked at around midnight.

The suspect is alleged to have kicked and beaten the helpless elder until she fainted. He then raped her.

“The incident was reported to us by neighbours. The old woman was taken to Masedi clinic in Tonota for medical examinations, which revealed indeed she had been sexually abused. She was discharged the same day,” said Ngada, adding Gabatshwane, who once worked as a herdboy at the same lands, was traced and arrested two days later.

“Fortunately, the old lady saw his face,” continued the top cop. Gabatshwane appeared before Francistown Magistrates Court on 3 January and was remanded in custody until his next appearance set for Tuesday 28 January.

Meanwhile, Ngada revealed his station recorded six rape cases between 20 December and 5 January, double the number reported during the 2018 festive season.

He warned that elders and children are the most susceptible to rape and advised the older generation to avoid staying at the lands alone as they become easy targets for criminals.

He further advised parents to keep a close eye on their children wherever possible.

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66th Y-Care pre walk at Marokolwane farms

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The Y-Care team in association with The Voice took on a 20km walk at Marokolwane Farms in honour of the late Mrs Beata Kasale-Kabango this past weekend.

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Thieves rob BFA offices and Cricket Club

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Central Police Station (CPS) are investigating a case in which thieves broke into Botswana Football Association (BFA) office early last Thursday morning.

Station Commander, Superintendent Mothusi Phadi, says they have not made any arrest in connection with the break in and theft.

He said according to two night watchmen who were on duty, they were attacked by a group of eight men who beat them up and tied their hands and legs before breaking into the office.

He said their preliminary investigations indicate that a Canon camera and a mobile phone, all worth P15 000 were stolen.

“We received a report around 4am on Thursday. When the police arrived at the scene, they found the security officers’ two dogs dead. We suspect they were poisoned during the attack of the officers because we found a piece of meat and the dogs had some white foam coming out of their mouth. The security officers were taken to the hospital to be treated for trauma and they have since been released,” said Phadi

The Station Commander said there was also a break in at the Cricket club and they believe that after hitting the BFA offices, the culprits broke into the bar and stole alcohol beverages of an undisclosed amount.

Phadi said investigations were still ongoing and that they are yet to make any arrest.

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Young Author Pens Kofi Annan tribute

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Young Author Pens Kofi Annan tribute

Freelance journalist and acclaimed local author, 26-year-old Khumoetsile Magonare has published a book titled ‘Kofi Annan, An African Dream’.

The book is a fitting tribute to the former United Nations Secretary General and tells the story of his life, leadership and quotes that inspired the world.

The Ghanaian diplomat, a co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, passed away at the age of 80 back in August 2018.

Devastated by his death, the young author managed to find productivity in her pain.

“I was mourning as the rest of the world but developed an inspiration which became a dream during the grieving period. I took my diary and wrote down the idea and that is how this book came up,” explained the Pitsane native in a brief interview with Voice Entertainment.

Khumoetsile, as the wordsmith is widely known, described Kofi Annan’s quotes as a living testimony to the life he lead.

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“He was an example to all and his quotes emphasise his faith in the youth. He believed in the minds and existence of young people to make a change.”

One of the quotes chronicled in the book reads, “Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.”

Another quote that stands out is, ‘We are not only responsible for each others security. We are also in some measure responsible for each others welfare.’

“This is a book anyone can pick up in the morning and flip open on any page while taking a cup of coffee. It’s a must have for motivation,” stressed Khumoetsile whose previous work includes ‘A Pillar of Hope’ as well as co-authoring ‘The Reality Check’ with Nlingi Simon.

“Apart from writing books I am the founder and host of ‘The Truth With Khumo’ which is found online or on Facebook,” continued the creative, whose prowess with the pen is matched by her mastery of the spoken word.

Retailing for P200, ‘Kofi Annan, An African Dream’ is set to hit local bookshops by the end of the month.

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