Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

TICKING TOGETHER: Sibanda (with dreads) and Moyo

Latest News

Mixed Fortunes

Zim ‘Zama Zamas’ locked up while local walks free

In an identical outcome to a similar case from last month, two suspected ‘Zama Zamas’ from Zimbabwe have been cleared of illegal mining.

However, suffering the same punishment handed down to five of their countrymen in January, Codenia Sibanda, 24 and Khubekani Moyo, 40, were jailed for a year for being in Botswana illegally.

While the duo could not escape the slammer, their co-accused, 28-year-old Motswana, Kabelo Mosweu walked away scot-free.

The trio had been accused of digging for gold at the abandoned pits of Shashe Mine near Francistown back in October.

Court heard that police officers patrolling the area caught Sibanda at the mine, who quickly implicated Moyo and Mosweu. The cops then tracked down the pair to their rented houses in Francistown and all three were arrested.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

In a stroke of good luck for the suspects, and an embarrassing mishap for the authorities, the case was dropped due to lack of evidence this Tuesday when it was revealed the machines at the Geology department are not functioning.

The Zimbabweans fortunes did not last long though, the charge of entering the county through an ungazetted point coming back to haunt them.

Pleading guilty, the would-be gold hunters begged for leniency, telling court they had come to Botswana looking for work.

“I am the one providing for my daughter in Zimbabwe. Giving me a long sentence will affect her as no one can take care of her,” stated Moyo nervously.

His words failed to move the Magistrate, however – depending on your view of what constitutes ‘a long sentence’!

Noting that cases involving illegal immigrants were becoming common occurrences in court, the Magistrate said, “It cannot be allowed to continue; the court has to pass a sentence that will send a message to others. I therefore sentence the accused persons to a year in custody, backdated to the time they spent in prison.”

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Having been behind bars since their arrest, it means Moyo and Sibanda will next breathe free air in October.

Leaving court shackled together, the pair cast rueful looks at Mosweu, who strolled away to freedom, sparing his mates an apologetic smile.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like

News

Help us find Dr. Rowland A purported Neuro Surgeon Specialist, Dr. Thabo Rowland, is a wanted man. At least 25 people are looking for...

News

In an urgent application filed by Member of Parliament (MP) for Lobatse, Thapelo Matsheka’s, wife, Veronica Matsheka at the Lobatse high Court yesterday, the...

News

WATCH: In case you missed yesterday’s High Court judgement when Justice Gaolapelwe Ketlogetswe ruled against the detention of Lobatse Member of Parliament (MP) Thapelo...

News

WATCH: The Court of Appeal has set aside nine strokes of the cane that were to be administered on petty criminal, Temogo Radidiba (white...

Politics

Former Minister of Defence and Botswana Democratic (BDP) Deputy Secretary General, Shaw Kgathi, has thrown his name in the hat for the Secretary General...

News

Passenger relives horror A3 crash that killed 16. “Piercing screams of dying people and those in pain were the only sounds one could hear...

Business

WATCH: A research by the Faculty of Engineering at University of Botswana has produced a blended biodiesel that is said to be much cheaper...

Latest News

Supermarket launches grocery coupon scheme Payless Supermarket has launched a grocery coupon scheme which will allow customers to buy food commodities on credit and...

News

Father strangles son then commits suicide A Tutume family have been ripped apart by a suspected murder-suicide which left a little boy dead and...

News

Kopong ‘hitman’ locked up for a decade An alleged hitman who was hired to kill a teacher in Kopong has been locked up for...

Politics

BDP MP reports councillor for threat to kill Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Letlhakeng Sub-District Council Chairperson also Councillor for Mantshwabisi, Meshack Tshenyego, has appeared...

News

Cricket lovers were a happy lot on Tuesday following Zimbabwe’s victory. It was actually breaking news and I immediately thought of my charming Sub...

Sports

Makwala’s national team retirement leaves sour taste Having provided the nation with countless golden moments in the last 15 years, one of the country’s...

Advertisement