South African singer, Tokollo Tshabalala, is scheduled to appear at the Gaborone Magistrate Court on August 15 to answer charges of having caused the death of Marea Monyatsi by dangerous driving close to ten years ago.
This was confirmed by the Directorate of Public Prosecution lawyer, Matlhogonolo Phuthego, who is handling the case.
He told The Sunday Standard that Tshabalala has now dropped the case in which he was opposing extradition application brought before South African Courts, by DPP so that he could come here voluntarily.
“His lawyer Billy Gundel Finger has confirmed that his client will turn up for the trial on the date set,” he said.
Over the years, Tshabalala had declined to come to Botswana to face charges on grounds that he was not the one driving on the fateful night that Monyatsi was killed. According to South African media reports, he had maintained that it was his friend, Bissau Gaobakwe, son of a prominent Gaborone businessman, who was driving. Gaobakwe has denied the reports. After failure to get him over here voluntarily, Botswana’s DPP launched an extradition case against Tshabalala.The case was, however, dismissed late last year on technical grounds.
After this, the musician is reported to have vowed that he will never set his foot in Botswana again and that the dismissal of the case had vindicated him.
The DPP, however, relaunched the case this year. Before agreeing to let the case to be heard in South Africa, the South African government, which long abolished the death sentence, demanded that Botswana confirm that their citizen would not be given a death sentence if found guilty which was done.
Monyatsi’s father is in the past reported to have stormed the DPP office and complained that the case was taking long to be heard. All efforts to get him to comment on the latest developments were futile.