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Trial dates finally set for Isaac Davids’ murder case

*’They murdered Fokon Bastard with a butcher knife and stripped him naked’- witness

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Justice will be served for the family of slain Mochudi East former Member of Parliament, Isaac Davids, as the court has finally set trial dates with 16 witnesses expected to take to the stand.

Davids was brutally stabbed and stripped naked allegedly by his two employees back in 2018. Although plea has been reserved, Zimbabwean Jabulani Dube, 31, and 32-year-old Mokgalemi Maleya from Ramotswa will be tried for the murder.

The state is looking to put away the two men for the murder of the MP, largely through accounts of eye witnesses. The Voice is in possession of statements from key witnesses that the state is banking on to prove their case in court.

According to one of the state key witnesses, Ramonti Segwati, he recalls in his evidence that he had left with the deceased MP for his cattle post as they were in the process of buying cattle from him.

“Upon arrival at Sorilatholo we found the two herd boys known to me as Petros at a place where traditional beer (khadi) was sold. The two horses which Mr. Isaac mentioned earlier were kept outside the yard on the eastern side.”

The state witness will say in court that Davids requested Petros to return his horses back to the cattle post. He is expected to tell the court: “In response Petros said, I quote: ‘Di laise mo koloing ya gago o tsamae ka tsone (load them in your vehicle and go with them)’. Mr. Isaac replied by saying “ke ne ke sa tlela dipitse (I did not come here for the horses)”.

According to this witness’s account Petros then got angry and started to insult Davids. “He angrily advanced to Mr. Isaac saying o mar* ke tlo go fagola ke go kgaola po (your testicles I am going to castrate you and cut off your penis),” reads his statement.

According to him Davids then retaliated by hitting Petros and he charged at the deceased with an Okapi knife.

“Mr. Isaac pulled a wood /log from a built fire place to protect himself. He then asked me to rush to the vehicle to bring a gun. I rushed to the vehicle but I did not find any gun. I saw Petros stabbing him on the back and on the chest below the ribs while the other one stabbed him on the left thigh. They continued stabbing him until he fell down,” the witness is expected to tell the court.

Another state witness, Ineeleng Modimowabatho, will further testify that Davids tried in vain to run away from his assailants. “Petros said to the Motswana man (co-accused) A re mo leleke re mo tlhabe (lets us run after him and stab him). Petros called his friend saying ta kwano re tle re mmolaye (come let’s kill him).”

Modimowabatho will further tell the court: “..Petros undressed his employer (Davids) leaving him with an underwear which looked black in color. Petros took off Mr. Isaac’s brown belt and hit the windscreen which got shattered upon arrival of his driver and the Police officer. He also wanted to assault the driver,” she will further testify.

Another state witness Assistant Superintendent Morolong Morolong is also expected to tell the court that “I interviewed the suspects at Letlhakeng Police station. During the interview they admitted to have stabbed the deceased. Jabulani Dube (Petros) told me that he was using a butcher knife to stab the deceased.”

Trial dates have been set for 13 to 16th October at the Gaborone High Court, whilst the duo will on April 6th appear for the final status hearing.
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Dr Gure’s anti climax

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Dr Gure's anti climax

Ministry of Health silences sex doctor

Celebrity Medical Doctor, Thusang Gure who has been dishing out explicit sex advice on social media has been cautioned to stop.

The young Doctor with more than 200 000 followers on Facebook had become a darling of many women who religiously followed his sex lessons.

Although he started his sex talk during a late night show at one of the radio stations, Gure shot to social media fame when he started posting videos about sex on Facebook.

However, the excitement that came with his talks was last week brought to a screeching halt by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, leaving thousands of his fans and followers high and dry.

Information gathered by this publication has indicated that the Ministry was concerned that Dr Gure was masquerading as a sexologist (a specialist in sexual matters) when he was a General Practitioner.

According to the source, Gure who runs Medexo Private Clinic is a General Practitioner but his talks gave people an impression that he was a specialist by focusing on a specific area of medicine, especially in public.

“What he was doing was clearly advertising and medical practitioners are not allowed to do that. The other problem is that he googles most of the information he passes on to unsuspecting followers as expert advice,” the source stated

Asked why they summoned Dr Gure to the ministry, Chief Medical officer, Goabaone Rainer Mosimanegape said, “We as the regulator called him for a meeting and asked him to work hand in hand with us. We want to guide him so that he doesn’t look like he is encouraging some things which are out of line.”

Mosimanegape said that the ministry’s meeting with Dr Gure shouldn’t be viewed as a gag on Gure as he is a reasonable young man who was likely to take advice to stay in his lane.

“We didn’t summon him, we simply called him for a meeting which can help him going forward,” Mosimanegape emphasized.

Meanwhile, Dr Gure denied having any knowledge of the meeting.

“I am unaware of any such issues involving myself and if my name is used in any of your publications without factual basis then I reserve my legal rights,” he said in his response when asked to confirm if indeed he was warned to stop posting salacious sex advice.

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Police question Councillor in poaching probe

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Umbrella for Democratic Change’s Councillor for Matlapana ward in Maun, Kobamelo Baikgodise, is among five men who have been questioned by Maun police over a buffalo poaching incident that reportedly took place in Khwai, about three weeks ago.

Baikgodise has however denied the arrest but said rather that he was summoned to the police station where he was questioned and wrote a statement over the incident which took place during the same weekend when he was in Khwai.

“As you may be well aware that I am friends with the Council Chairman, I had paid him a visit in Khwai during the weekend of the alleged poaching,” Baikgodise explained in a brief interview this week.

The Councillor stated that he had in fact taken the Council Chairman- Kebareeditse Ntsogotlho’s building material to Khwai and only went to the alleged poaching scene after Ntsogotlho’s injury.

“I was not at the scene, I was only alerted of his injury and that is when I went to the scene. I could not even talk to him because it was a bloody scene and he was in serious pain, so I did not even know what exactly happened that led to his injury,” Baikgodise explained.

The alleged poaching incident is still being investigated by the police who took the matter up following social media reports that the North West District Council Chairman, was attacked and injured by the buffalo early this month, during the extreme social distancing and movement lockdown.

Currently Ntsogotlho is hospitalised at Nyangabwe Referal Hospital where he is nursing thigh injuries.

Last week Ntsogotlho was hopeful that he would be released from hospital this week.

When shedding light on the matter, District No.5 police Commanding Officer, Peter Gochela, had stated that they have arrested and questioned some suspects on the matter but could not divulge names as they have not yet been charged.

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