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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