Monday, September 28, 2020

Bakgatla royalty probed over assault allegations

Justice, Defense and Security Minister, Ramadeluka Seretse, has instructed the Botswana Police Service and the Attorney General to investigate circumstances surrounding the public flogging of a 56-year-old man accused of stealing bridles from the royal family.

Seretse confirmed to The Sunday Standard on Friday that, “I have asked both the police and the Attorney General to investigate the circumstances rounding the alleged assault.”

The minister would not comment further, saying he did not want to preempt the investigations.

It is understood that some senior government officials are insisting that tough action be taken against Bakgatla royalty, who are being accused of heavy-handedness in dealing with Mooketsi Tselapedi who was recently flogged eight times on his back.

Mochudi Police Station Commander, Superintendent Nkope Kealotswe, told Sunday Standard that they have already opened investigations into circumstances surrounding the assault of Tselapedi.

He said the complainant has been asked to forward his medical report, which will be used as evidence should the case be taken to court.

Meanwhile Tselapedi has a number of pending stock theft cases.

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