Costa Kalafatis, the younger brother to the late John Kalafatis was shot by government security agents at some flats near Middle Star shopping complex this week.
Sources close to the incident said despite the fact that Kalafatis sustained serious wounds, he managed to drive all the way from Middle star to a relative’s house in Village.
The relative in question rushed Costa to Princess Marina Hospital. It is understood that Kalafatis had parked his car at one of the parking lots at some flats near Middle Star Shopping complex and a team of government security agents arrived and parked behind him. Perhaps suspecting that they were going to shoot at him, Kalafatis is alleged to have reversed his car and sped off. Security agents shot at the car and some bullets hit Costa on the chest resulting in serious wounds. It is alleged that more than two shots were fired and his collar bone has been fractured.
“From what I have gathered, the bullet wounds are very serious because some bullets hit him on the chest,” said a source.
A family spokesperson who asked to remain anonymous confirmed that the young Kalafatis was hospitalised at one of the hospitals in Gaborone.
The police have since claimed responsibility for the shooting incident. While he did not want to identify the man as Costa Kalafatis, Botswana Police Service Public Relations Officer Senior Superintendent Dipheko Motube said the man was shot at because he ignored police warning to stop when they approached his car.
“We can confirm that a man sustained gun shots this week after being shot at by the police. At the moment we are not in a position to identify the man who was shot by the police after he failed to obey a warning by the police to stop,” said Motube.
Costa’s shooting comes at a time when the family is still grappling with the loss of the father of the late John Kalafatis, who was murdered by four Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldiers in 2009 in Gaborone. Kalafatis senior died early this year after battling with injuries that he sustained following an incident in which he was assaulted by four men at his workshop in Mogoditshane in May last year.
Meanwhile the killers of John Kalafatis, Gotshosamang Sechele, Ronny Matako and Boitshoko Maifala are free men after President Ian Khama issued a presidential pardon. They were set free after serving only a few months of their 11 years jail sentence. The three men were jointly charged alongside their fellow BDF member, Dzikamani Mothobi, who was acquitted of the murder of John Kalafatis in May 2009.