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Marked for death

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Hanging dolls, list of names and a shallow grave at Shashe River

Strolling along Shashe River on Sunday afternoon, a Borotsi resident stumbled upon a sinister sight which has left locals and the village leadership in shock.

Reluctant to state his names, the visibly shaken man found three barbie dolls hanging by their necks from a red string attached to the small trees on the river bank.

In an exclusive interview with The Voice, the softly spoken man said after this unnerving discovery he immediately went to inform Borotsi headman, Kgosi Moiteela Sebika.

“Please don’t mention my name. I don’t want my name anywhere near this; whatever it is,” he begged, his dark eyes wide with fear.

“A lot happens around this area. Almost all the local churches perform their rituals in the river. Even individuals come here to perform their spiritual things,” continued the man, who resides close to the river.

“One local pastor who also came to view the barbie dolls said if this was a spiritual trap meant to harm people on the list, it will never work. He said for it to work it must never be found.”

The concerned man revealed his attention was caught by a white piece of paper attached to the string, and a shallow, grave-like hole dug beneath the hanging children’s toys.

Written on the piece of paper were the names of Florence Moatswi, Nchadi Joseph, MmaGladys Kula, Gabathamiwe Setlhare and Ngochi Danga.

“The whole discovery brought an eerie feeling. I couldn’t get closer. That is when I went to see Kgosi Sebika,” he explained.

Perhaps also overawed by what he was being told, the tribal leader sought the counsel of his friend, a known spiritualist in the village, Koobonye Rankopong.

“It was a very strange discovery. We see strange things in this village,” admitted Kgosi Sebika, adding, “I couldn’t go alone that’s why I brought Rankopong along to be a witness.”

According to the headman, on arriving at the scene, a fearless Rankopong did not hesitate and immediately went up the ridge for a closer inspection.

The Voice traced the spiritualist to his home in Borotsi on the outskirts of Tonota. He wasted no time in relating his experience with the dangling dolls.

“My first instinct was to notify the cops because clearly something was not right here. But I also knew that there was very little the police could do because their work is evidence based,” he said.

Rankopong further said his spirit was greatly troubled by the shallow grave underneath the hanging dolls.

“Whenever you see a grave, you should worry. These are trials, but it is well.”

Asked whether he was not afraid to get too close and even touch the dolls, he calmly responded, “I’ve seen worse!”

Despite being pleased to see The Voice, both Rankopong and Kgosi Sebika declined to have their photos taken.

Although the surnames on the list are common in Borotsi and around Tonota, efforts to identify the named individuals bore no fruit. Similarly, a search on social media didn’t reveal anything.

For now, it remains a mystery.

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Your daughter is not yours

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DNA TEST EXPOSES WIFE’S AFFAIR WITH BROTHER- IN -LAW

A cheated husband who unknowingly raised his brother- in- law’s child as his own for three years ended the marriage in court this week and demanded a refund.

Gilbert Tom, on Wednesday divorced Mpale Tom nee Roberts after DNA tests results revealed that that their last-born child was not biologically related to Tom. They had been married for 15 years.

Tom, 50, became suspicious that his wife was cheating in 2009 when his brother in-law got into the habit of dropping off Mpale at their house after work.

Mpale, 43, fell pregnant in 2016 and when the baby was born, her husband was shocked that the baby was a spitting image of his older sister’s husband.

He then launched his own investigations in Mpale’s phone where he found messages that confirmed his suspicions
Some text messages revealed that Mpale was so much in love with her brother -in -law that she was even prepared to bewitch her husband’s sister to get her out of the way.

After finding out for certain that he was raising a child who was not his, Tom served Mpale with divorce papers.

She did not contest the divorce and readily confessed in court that Tom was not the father of her three-year-old daughter.

Divorce was granted and Judge Gabanagae ordered that the child be excluded from Tom’s responsibilities.

WIFE: Mpale

However Tom went further and demanded that his brother- in- law and his ex- wife pay him costs of raising a child that was not his, which are to be determined by court at a later date.

According to a relative who refused to be named for fear of victimization Mpale and her brother-in law worked together at a mine in Toteng village in 2013 and the family suspects that was when the disgraced couple started the affair.

She said coincidentally in 2016 the two found another job and moved to Francistown together.

“These people were too deep. We never thought they could do that to their partners and we thought they just related well as family members and little did we know that they were dating. This is painful for both families and it is very unfortunate that an innocent child has now been caught in the middle,” said the concerned relative

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Mokubilo man accused of rape

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Letlhakane Police are investigating an incident in which a 28-year-old man allegedly raped a 34-year-old woman in the early hours of Monday morning (25 November).

The lady was on her way to Mokubilo Clinic – walking from the lands – when she reportedly met her armed attacker.

Taking over the narrative, Letlhakane Station Commander, Michael Maphephu told The Voice, “She reported that the suspect threatened to stab her with a sharpened iron rod.

“The suspect was arrested on the same day and will appear before court as soon as the Magistrate returns from sick leave,” said Maphephu, adding he could not release the accused’s name until he appears in court.

The worried police boss revealed this was the 89th rape case registered in his jurisdiction since the start of the year.

Maphephu added that most incidents involved women returning home in the evening after drinking or walking alone in the bush.

“I urge people to always walk in groups when they come from the bars or ask for company from trusted people when using bushy roads,” advised the top cop.

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Letlhakane police swoop on suspected drug dealers

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A Bobonong man was arrested last Tuesday after allegedly trying to sell villagers a suspicious substance believed to be cocaine.

Confirming the 24-year-old’s arrest, Letlhakane Station Commander, Michael Maphephu said, “The Mahumahibidu ward man was caught by members of the community when he was trying to sell to them.

“He was arrested around 1530 hours and found in possession of a substance suspected to be cocaine. The substance was contained in a small plastic sachet.”

In another drugs bust in Letlhakane, on Sunday cops swooped on a Francistown couple suspected to be dealing in the mining town.

CONFISCATED: Substances seized in F/town couple’s rented home

“The man aged 30 and his girlfriend 36 both from Francistown, Minestone were arrested at their rented house in Letlhakane. We suspect they were supplying to different people,” revealed Maphephu, adding this was the 38th drug-related arrest in his jurisdiction this year.

He warned those who sell drugs to refrain from such illegal behaviour as they are destroying lives.

“Drugs lead to one losing their mind and they even commit crimes like rape and murder under the influence of drugs,” noted the Station Commander.

The three suspects have since been released. The trio will appear in court as soon as the Magistrate returns from sick leave and the suspected drugs taken to the lab for forensic tests.

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