Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Court refuses to reinstate murder suspect’s bail

Francistown Judge Modiri Letsididi last week refused to reinstate bail for Khumbulani Matapa, who is one of the key suspects in the 2008 murder of a Botswana Defense Force (BDF) soldier.

Matapa, who is charged with three others, had approached the courts asking for his bail to be reinstated after it was revoked last year.

He had been granted bail last year, but it was revoked after he violated bail conditions. Matapa argued that his bail should be reinstated as he violated bail conditions due to compelling circumstances.

When granting him bail last year, the magistrate ordered him not to go near the place where the crime was committed.

But Matapa went on to visit the place, and he later told court that he only went to Monarch location to ask for transport money to go back to Tonota where he stayed.

Matape further said that one of his co accused, Thatayaone Malebye, also violated bail conditions and was later granted bail by High Court Judge Zibani Makhwade.

But Justice Letsididi maintained that he granted Matapa bail on condition that he adheres to set rules, which he did not.

“These conditions were set by me and you failed to follow them,” he said.
The state prosecutor also argued that Matapa should be remanded in custody as he cannot be trusted to abide by set rules.

Kumbulani Matapa, Thatayaone Malebye and Bashangani Boapeetswe are accused of murdering Tshoganetso Plots, a BDF soldier based at Area S Barracks in Francistown, on October 8 2008.

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