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Death row inmate hanged

Staff Writer
The Department of Prison and Rehabilitation confirmed that death row inmate, Zibani Thamo, hanged yesterday morning.

In a statement the department says that the execution was carried out on Tuesday morning but did not state who carried it out and where the body was buried. However, it is common knowledge that prison warders are the one who carry out the execution and burial in the prison compound.

Thamo was convicted of the 2007 murder of his girlfriend Sihle Dube. The Francistown High Court learnt that Thamo mutilated his girlfriend and scattered her pieces along the Tati riverbank. He was sentenced to death in March 2011 and immediately sought the intervention of the Court of Appeal in September, which upheld the sentence.

His execution leaves three death

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row inmates being, Modise Tlhokamolelo, Mangombe Tadubane and Gatlhalosamang Gaboakelwe. Thamo's execution brings the number of hanged convicts to two since President Ian Khama took office in 2008. 

The first one was Modise Fly in 2010, who was convicted of the murder of his son in Francistown while he was avenging the sour relationship between him and the mother of his son. Meanwhile former death row inmates Brandon Sampson and South African Michael Molefhe are due for release this year.  Prisons spokesman Wamorena Ramolefhe would not disclose when the duo is going to walk free nor would he reveal where they are currently kept for security reasons.



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