In the previous week, we witnessed many Batswana angry that Justice Abednego Tafa’s has decided to remove the death penalty, from the possibilities of sentences to be given to murder convict, Thabo Masilo.
When delivering a ruling on the existence of extenuating circumstances, Justice Tafa, observed that while the court had found the accused to had gone to the deceased’s place, with the intention to commit a crime, it could not be said with any degree of certainty that his intention was to commit murder.
Tafa’s conclusion, however, angered many Batswana, who from the onset had been actively, sharing their thoughts, and feelings about the case.
There is no doubt, the convict, took the life of a young woman, who seem d to have a bright future ahead
The gruesome murder of the young woman still remains a painful memory for the family, and the nation. Rightly so, the culprit should be punished for what he did.
As a nation, we have always called for the independence of the Judiciary, but when it suits us, we are the first people to turn around and would like to influence the courts.
While we want the Judiciary to be independent from government influence, we should also play our part in allowing it (the Judiciary) to do its work, without any undue interference.