A middle-aged male inmate who is based at Francistown State Prison is said to be recuperating at Nyangabwe Referral Hospital after he allegedly cut his genitals with a sharp instrument.
Reports say that the bizarre incident occurred on Thursday night when the prisoner got in a fit of rage while he was in his prison cell. It is reported that he was later rushed to the hospital where the medical officers attended to the condition.
The Public Relations Officer of Nyangabwe Referral Hospital, Caiphus Gabana, confirmed the incident to the Telegraph saying that the prisoner was admitted at the hospital on Friday morning with serious cuts around his genitals. Although he could not reveal any further information, Gabana said that when the inmate was admitted, he was in serious condition.
┬áHowever, other unconfirmed reports are that the prisoner’s genitals were cut by other inmates after he allegedly attempted to sodomize a fellow inmate. Efforts to get information from the Francistown Police Station and the Francistown State Prison proved futile as their phones were not answered at the time of press.
┬áMeanwhile, Police in Letlhakane are also investigating the death of a 15-year old boy of Tawana Ward who allegedly committed suicide last week. The Station Commander of Letlhakane Police Station, Loeto Ramabokwa, confirmed the incident to the Telegraph on Friday last week. He said that they received a report of the incident from the mother on Thursday evening.
“We were alerted of the incident on Thursday evening last week by the mother of the teenager who told us that she found her son hanging from a tree in their yard after her return from visiting friends,” he said.
The Station Commander said the teenager was a student at Letsweletse Junior Secondary School.
Ramabokwa expressed worry saying that such incidents are becoming rife in Letlhakane, especially among the youth. He said that towards the end of last year, another teenager also took his life.
Ramobokwa advised that children should seek help from the Social Workers, the Police or the elderly people when they have problems rather than hiding their problems.
“We would also like to plead with the parents to be vigilant and cautious on the behavior of their children so that they can attend to problems before they turn into painful incidents such as this,” he added.