A prominent Francistown architect has appeared before the Francistown magistrate on a count of rape. The man, Douglas Mothethwa, who is in police custody pending a bail application, is alleged to have raped a two-year old child (name withheld) at Bluetown location in Francistown on New Year’s Eve.
The toddler’s elder sister told The Sunday Standard that Mothethwa sneaked into their house through the kitchen door where he proceeded to rape the toddler who was sleeping with the other children in the sitting room. “We were all woken up by an awful screaming of the baby and were shocked to see Mothethwa in her blankets,” she said.
After raping the child, Mothethwa is said to have fled the scene and was arrested by the Tatitown Police after an extensive search a day later. The Tatitown Police Station Commander, Seabe Maboka, confirmed to The Sunday Standard that indeed an adult male had been remanded in custody for the rape of the minor.
“I cannot discuss the details of this matter because it’s highly sensitive because of the victim’s age,” he said.
Mothethwa has acknowledged creeping into the house but denied the allegation against him. However, police investigations, medical examinations and test results confirm that the child was penetrated and the semen discovered in the toddler was confirmed to be that of Mothethwa.
Also in Francistown, police have uncovered a syndicate of hawkers who, over the past months, have been specializing in buying stolen goods, especially cell phones, computers and other electronic appliances.
These traders, mostly Zambian nationals, assemble at a hiking spot along the Francistown-Kasane road and spend the day buying goods, which the Police believe are stolen. The goods are taken for resale in their home country. In an interview with The Sunday Standard, Tatitown Police Chief, Seabe Maboka, said the situation was worse than initially thought, adding that the presence of the traders at the hitch-hiking spot was fueling robberies, especially house-breaking, as they provided a ready market for thieves to quickly dispose of their stolen goods.
“We no longer allow people to loiter there, especially at night,” he said.