A lost story of justice upheld and a gruesome killing

You, I suppose, took the chance of that long holiday to go somewhere far afield.

The rest of us would have stayed put to start work on income tax returns, watch TV or perhaps like me, read a book – in this instance, Jonathan Laverick’s recently published 224 page, ‘The Kalahari Killings’ which is on sale at Exclusive, Gaborone. Given its sub-title, ‘The True Story of a War Time Double Murder in Botswana. 1943’, I was not going to pass up the opportunity to discover who was  murdered, who did the murdering, why they were murdered and what connection there was with the 2nd World War?

It quickly turned out that those who were killed were two British Royal Air Force fliers, Walter Adamson and Gordon Edwards and those who were charged with their killing and tried in Lobatse were eight Basarwa, three men and five women, four being still in their teens.  There was, however, a degree of confusion about motive – the supposition that they had killed those two airmen in order to cover up their own illegal hunting of giraffes was far more likely to attract attention than divert it.

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Bravo police for prompt action

It is also hurting that whilst we all know that the Botswana Police Service (BPS) is charged functionally with the duties to investigate all forms of crime, some locals have resorted to taking the law into their own hands. It is very wrong to do that. There is also a possibility that one may wrongfully take the life of a person in the process, unless it is a justifiable case of self-defence. Recently, in the city of Francistown, some locals found...

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