“Rraboko” is probably a syndicate of individuals involved in murders for dipheko. Ritual murders are no different from the spate of crimes that have recently hit Gaborone. The people involved clearly aren’t amateurs! What fuels my “wild imaginings and conspiracy theories” is that government has never shown interest in addressing this niggling problem. It makes one wonder if some political leaders know something that we don’t. There is a widely held allegory that some political leaders and businesspeople get involved in ritual murders and use human flesh in muti to “strengthen” or enrich themselves. Oddly enough, they have never made effort to dispel these myths. It seems almost everyone wants to turn a blind eye on the matter.
The Botswana Police are often reluctant to deal with suspected ritual murder cases. In some incidents, they have claimed that the law doesn’t “recognize witchcraft.” Why then don’t they rope in the assistance of the Dingaka Association? Botswana law and its Constitution are cemented on British customs, values and culture, with little reflective of traditional culture. Many other aspects need to be nullified, amended or added. We may be well into the 21st century but we cannot blatantly ignore our history and the roots of our culture. Black people are sometimes desperate to fit into the Western mold. To a common mind, progression and civilization is becoming like a white person – dress, look, live and think like him. Adopt his ways too, and discard all that embodies being African! No matter how much we deny it, black people will never be like whites. We are in limbo and grappling ideals that aren’t reflective of what we are. We also seem to think that certain ideas are “unsophisticated” but in Europe and Asia there are some quarters that still believe in the supernatural and occults. The world is not all rosy. Crap things happen out there and the sooner we get out of our cocoons and demand action, the better!
There are some things in life, that don’t have tangible evidence, but happen. This has been proven over again in several incidents, and with regard to the ritual murders, the bodies often found with missing parts should raise alarm. Look, people have never shaken any messiah’s hand or met a God but still believe. And for every positive, there is a negative...
Apart from several high-profiled cases like that of Segametsi Mogomotsi, many ritual murders don’t make it to newspaper front pages and are treated with kid gloves. The worst part is that people don’t get equal service from Police. I can bet you that in most cases, a rich or well-off person will get quicker and more efficient service in comparison to a person viewed as poorer. I guess until it’s your child, sibling or relative who is abducted and murdered, the situation won’t hit close to home.
I cannot begin to imagine the emotional pain and fear that engulfs family members of murder victims. Worse, if the victims are children as is usually the case with ritual murders. You cannot trust a human being. “Motho ga a itsewe e se naga”. Even a person who appears to have noble intentions can turn out to be a wolf in sheep skin and that’s how some people get deceived and lured, only to meet their end at the hands of unscrulptous individuals. Most people are helpless as they aren’t law enforcers. Even law enforces have limitations. It’s the role of our leaders to crack the whip and suggest mechanisms to uproot this problem.
Neighbouring South Africa has established a specialized Occult Crime Unit in attempt to purge ritualistic murders in that country. Why can’t we do the same? For a country synonymous with widely held beliefs and faith in overzealous prophecy, witchcraft, negative emotions (go tshwara ka pelo, go hutsa, dikgaba etc) and the supernatural, it would be commonsensical to establish a similar unit!
In Botswana we like to feign sophistication and hide behind a finger. We are in denial about reality. Now that elections are around the corner, should we start to hide our children and even ourselves? Re tshaba hela gore ditlhopo di tlaa tsamaya ka rona. Ao!