Our Chief was
abducted - Bakgatla
"These people have failed to release the Segametsi report. Are
they now telling us that we should accept Nyamadzabo's judgement?"
said one speaker. The Segametsi ritual murder caused riots across
Mochudi nearly 20 years ago. Government engaged the Scotland Yard to
investigate, but never released the findings.
Recently a certain Shadrack Ramaabya was found dead in what was
suspected to be another ritual killing in Mochudi.
November 1, 2010
- Botswana Ritual Murder Syndicate
(...) One of the cases that Kekgonegile remembers vividly is the
ritual murder in Sekoma village whilst he was based in Kanye. "I had
found a person held by the police suspected for murdering another
person and dumping the remains in a hole in the thickets. Wild
animals had already eaten up some bodily parts," reminisces the
former crack detective.
(...) In another case which was equally
anchored on circumstantial evidence, Kekgonegile says a person
who was last seen in the company of a child that was later found
dead with some body parts missing be fore the arrest was made.
(...) University of Botswana (UB) social
work lecturer, Log Raditlhokwa says people kill others because a
traditional doctor has ordered such a killing to mix his muti
with human flesh.
"This practice is common across Africa among strong believers in
the practice and that is the reason why young boys and girls
disappear around the elections time".
December 5, 2007
- Sepeni Thubisane Popo executed for ritual killing
Popo was sentenced to death last year, by the Lobatse High Court for
killing a Molepolole woman, Binki Balotlegi
(...) Popo said a man asked him and his colleagues to get a baboon
without fur. He said when they asked him what he meant, the man said
he wanted them to find a woman's private parts for him. Popo said
each of them was promised P1,000 after delivering the goods.
July 26, 2007
November, 6 2007
- MP Causes Uproar Over 'Masire Ordered Killing' Jibe
Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngwaketse West, Mephato Reatile,
caused an uproar in Parliament on Friday when he charged that former
President Sir Ketumile Masire was behind the 1994 killing of Binto
Moroke in Mochudi. The youth was killed during riots that followed
the ritual murder of Segametsi Mogomotsi.
December 4, 2006
- Assistant Minister urges to refrain from ritual killing
(...) Meanwhile, Kgosi Tlhabologo Boima of Mmadikola expressed
concern on the high rate of incidences of disappearing people in
Mmadikola, stating that it has tarnished the image of his village.
He said the most recent victim, Ms Masego Chibone, was not mentally
fit. He said Ms Chibone, who disappeared on New Years day, was the
sixth person to disappear from the village. (...) In response,
Assistant Minister Mokalake urged the residents to refrain from old
practices of killing people for ritual purposes.
July 6, 2006
- Ritual killers
get jail sentences.
April 5, 2006
- Court of Appeal orders govt to pay Sekobye for unlawful arrest
Sekobye, who was arrested and detained on a charge of murder of the
14-year-old Segametsi Mogomotsi, had lodged an appeal with the Court
of Appeal. Segametsis body was found on November 6, 1994 on an
open space in Mochudi. Her body had fatal injuries to the chest and
her genitals had been removed. Her injuries thus had the hallmarks
of a ritual killing. The police arrested and detained Sekobye as a
suspect in the murder on 10 November 1994. Sekobyes arrest was based
on the strength of a statement made on November 6 by a 15-year-old
31 January, 2006
The maverick Kgosi Linchwe
The only black mark in his reign occurred during the 1994 riots
which made Mochudi temporarily ungovernable following the ritual
killing of a school girl, Segametsi Mogomotsi. The rioters demanded
the arrest of the killers.
July 6, 2006
- They Cut Segametsi Into Parts: Ritual Murder, Youth, and the
Politics of Knowledge in Botswana
Anthropological Quarterly - Volume 73, Number 4, October 2000, pp.
George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research
"This article focuses on witchcraft in order to examine youth in
Botswana. Two witchcraft realms preoccupy youth: boloi, in which an
individual manipulates materials for personal gain or to harm
someone, and dipheko, or ritual murder. Boloi poses a threat to
youth by inducing headaches, pain, and dizziness. This suffering
prevents youths’ socially upward movement and economic improvement
by resulting in school failure, with ramifications for the family as
well as the individual. Dipheko, while less common, is also
dangerous to youth. Stories of witchcraft and school failure are
related to conflicted social relations, competition for scarce
resources, and youth action. Ritual murder accentuates these issues,
magnifying and telescoping tensions onto youths’ bodies whose
mutilation symbolizes a reversal of expected behavior and an
interruption of social reproduction. Both kinds of witchcraft
explain school failure and youth vulnerability, but each involves
knowledge and youth action differently. In boloi youth supposedly
know and do nothing—only... "