Monday, September 21, 2020

DPP wants Bakgatla floggings stopped

Principal State prosecutor, Kgosietsile Ngakayagae, on Monday said they will ask Bakgatla paramount chief Kgafela Kgafela to make a declaration that all floggings in Kgatleng will cease.

Ngakayagae said this during the case in which Kgafela, his brother Mmusi Kgafela, and thirteen others are facing charges related to the multiple floggings in Kgatleng.

“As the prosecution, we are worried that the charge sheet shows floggings of people at different times, by different individuals. We want to protect the constitutional rights of the people of Kgatleng. As part of the bail conditions regarding the accused persons, we will demand that all the floggings should cease with immediate effect,” said Ngakayagae.

He threatened that the prosecution would oppose all bail applications if the accused persons do not undertake to stop the floggings immediately.

“Depending on our communication with them between now and then, we will be able to tell the court our stand regarding their bail applications on Monday 7th”, said Ngakayagae.

All the 15 accused were not present in court, and Magistrate Moroka instructed that a warrant of arrest be issued so that they are remanded in custody until Monday 7th, when they are due in court.

Moroka later lifted the warrant of arrest for the other thirteen, except Kgafela and his brother, until yesterday (Tuesday) morning when they were due to appear before him to explain their absence. Kgafela’s attorneys told The Telegraph that he had gone to South Africa to consult with other advocates on the matter.

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