Botswana Police Services have arrested two suspects who are believed to have played a critical role in the P5 million Security Systems armed robbery in Kumakwane. The two suspects Kenny Motshwane and Brian Mokgethisi are expected to appear before Molepolole Magistrate on Friday. SUNDAY STANDARD understands that the other three suspects are still at large. They are said to have fled to South Africa. One of them, Thabo Lekwae is described by intelligence operatives as “a hardcore criminal.”
Lekwae who is among those believed to have skipped the country to South Africa is not new to armed robberies. In August 2011 then Magistrate Barnabas Nyamazabo sentenced him to 18 months in jail for his role in the P21 million Central Medical Store robbery case. Sources close to the intelligence circle have revealed that one of the suspects Obaketswe Bojalwa (a South African) was bought a car (Surf) allegedly by one of the suspects currently at large. The sources have revealed that other names linked to the alleged armed robbery are Kenny Motshwane, Brian Mokgethisi and Molaodi Segaisi.
Botswana Police Spokesperson, Near Bagali confirmed that Motshwane aged 39 years from Dovedale near Mahalapye and Mokgethisi aged 32 from Majwaneng village appeared before court and will re-appear on the 18th December 2020 at Molepolole Magistrate Court.
He said Botswana police were working with their South African counterparts to assist with the arrest of three suspects who are still at large believed to be in South Africa. Bagali appealed to members of the community to be vigilant and to assist the police to arrest the three suspects who had escaped to South Africa. In the CMS case Lekwae was ordered to compensate the government after the magistrate had considered and taken into consideration his mitigation plea that he was married and with young children. According to court records, the then magistrate Nyamadzabo when passing sentence said he had also considered the fact that Lekwae had voluntarily handed himself to the police after he heard that the police were looking for him whilst he was in South Africa where he was training as a pastor. Nyamazabo said that Lekwae had shown remorse. Nyamadzabo is currently a High Court judge.