Dealing with crime in Botswana

They sure know how to punish people in Botswana. Check out this story – five strokes on the back for stealing a tin of corned beef!

And the Judge said he was handing down a light sentence because the offender had just buried his child!

A man accused of stealing a tin of corned beef from a store was sentenced to five strokes on the back by Urban Customary Court in Gaborone yesterday Sechoni Sibanda admitted stealing a can of corned beef at Payless Supermarket at the Main Mall in Gaborone on February 8, 2012.

The watchman, Kemmonye Baliki, confronted the accused, who denied taking the beef and resisted being searched.Baliki said he called the police after unsuccessfully struggling with the defendant. The tin of corned beef was brought before the Kgotla as an exhibit.

Kgosi Monametsi gave the defendant a light sentence because he was a first offender and in view of his plea in mitigation that he had just buried a child who had died and that he had a nursing wife and mother to look after.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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