Francistown West BDP primary election loser, Gosaitse Mangisi on Monday appeared before Francistown Magistrate Dumisani Basupi to answer for a single count of threat to kill.
It is alleged that on or about the 28th of February in 2013 at the Attorney General Chambers in Francistown, the accused threatened the life of her former husband, Doubt Mangisi by uttering the words “Ke batla go mmolaya ka molemo wa dipeba fa ke mo fitlhela ko lwapeng which translates to “I will kill him by poisoning him with rat poison when I find him at home. It is alleged that she uttered the words in the company of one Lebogang Kalaluka.
The accused has pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Giving her testimony in court, the accused denied ever uttering any death threats. She said that she went to the Attorney General Chambers to query about a threat to kill case against her husband which had been dismissed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
She said after her case was dismissed, she felt disappointed and began to understand why some people take the law into their own hands and poison their enemies when DPP fails to assist attain justice.
“I merely said in Setswana, Batho babangwe ba tsenyetsa batho molemo wa dipeba mo dijong ka one mabaka a, meaning that some people end up taking the law into their own hands by food poisoning them if the prosecution failed to assist them attain justice,” she said.
The accused said she uttered the words mainly because she was disappointed by the way the DPP handled her case despite the fact that she had presented them with sufficient evidence. She testified that she had a problem with her husband who had also threatened her life.
“Our marriage has been on the rocks for quite some time now and I lived in fear. I feared for my life because he had previously brought home two different guns and ammunition at home. I then reported the case to the police over threats to kill but the case was later dismissed by the Directorate of Public Prosecution due to lack of evidence. I was disappointed by the way the prosecution handled my case hence my outburst. I never uttered any threats to kill him. I would never kill any human being,” he told court.
A defence witness, Neo Mangisi who is also her daughter corroborated her evidence saying that the accused never threatened to kill the complainant.
“I was with my mother during the said day and she never uttered any death threats to my father. She merely expressed her displeasure over the decision by the Directorate of Public Prosecution to dismiss her case against my father. She said that the reason why some people end up taking the law into their own hands by poisoning them in food is because the prosecution does not treat their cases seriously,” said the witness.
The prosecution and defense will tender their written submissions on the 25th of April and 6 of May respectively. Judgment has been reserved for the 6 of June this year.
The accused is out on bail. She is represented by Malike Mmohe of Mmohe Attorneys while Ogolotse Tampa from DPP is prosecuting.