Monday, September 28, 2020

Number of women arrested for idling on the increase

Two women residents of Gaborone were this week arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, charged with idling and disorderly conduct.

Kelibile Kgaodi, 31, who is a cleaner in Gaborone, pleaded guilty to charges of idling after a Central Police Patrolling Team accosted her in front of Notwane bars touting for male customers. When the police found her, she told them that she was still finishing her beer.

According to Constable Ditiro Phirinyana of Central Police Station, the accused was ordered to go home after she was seen in front of the bar. But, an hour later, the police again found her waiting and touting in front of another public place, the Siring Lodge.

She pleaded guilty to the charges, was warned and then discharged by Kgosi Monametsi.

In another case, Girlie Ramoko, 38, from Zimbabwe, was last week arrested for idling and disorderly conduct in front of the Gaborone Sun. She pleaded guilty to the charges and Kgosi Kgosimotse Sebele sentenced her to one month in jail, wholly suspended for 10 months.

But this past Friday, she was rearrested before her ten months suspended sentence was over. She was arraigned before the Urban Customary Court President, Kgosi Dikwalo Monametsi, and was charged with idling and disorderly conduct. She pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Phirinyana told the court that the accused was arraigned before the Urban Customary Court just the previous Friday but was rearrested in less than a week. Constable Phirinyana conceded that the police were having a difficult time with the women who are charged for idling.

Kgosi Monametso ordered the police to call more witnesses since the accused had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case continues next week.

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