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Top cop faces arrest in gardener case

INNOCENT SELATLHWA
Marapo (in dark suit)
Extension II Magistrate Ntombizodwa Ncube has threatened to issue a warrant of arrest against the investigating officer (IO), Detective Senior Superintendent Sergeant Marapo for failing to help a remand prisoner open a case of house-breaking.

Bhekizwe Nkomazana told the Court that the prosecution had long promised to assign Marapo to assist him register his case after the police lost a list of goods he had identified as having been stolen. Prosecutor, Seeletso Ookeditse had just told Court that he had thought the matter had been resolved as she had spoken to Marapo about it. She said Marapo then promised he would assign an officer to take up the matter.

Nkomazana insisted that it was not helpful to simply say it would be done as he is always told the same story. Ncube expressed disappointment at Marapo’s actions and ordered that he be in Court during the next appearance in two weeks. “Marapo is always told to do stuff but he never does it.

This is worrying and could end up affecting the prosecution case. I order that Marapo appear during the next mention. Failure to do so I will issue an arrest warrant. This is delaying the matter from going forward,” she said. It is not the first time Nkomazana complained of lack of cooperation by the police in the house-breaking case.

Ncube had to order the prosecution to help him open the case. This was after he had complained that the police would not take him

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to a police station to report the case.

In count  one, Nkomazana, lawyer Letlhogonolo Makgane, an office manager at Cable Engineering, Mooketsi Molefe and Motlalepula Molefe, a conveyance secretary at Ramalepa Attorneys allegedly acted together in consent, with the intent to defraud, obtained the sum of P3.5 million from Leonisa Investments duly represented by Benny Thomas, by falsely pretending that they have been lawfully authorised to sell a house belonging to Solomon Tlhapane when in fact and in truth they did not have such lawful authority from Tlhapane as he was not in the right state of mind at the time of the said transaction.

In count two, Nkomazana is charged with obtaining by false pretences.

It is alleged that  he  and one another not before Court, on September 19, 2016 acting together and in consent, with the intent to defraud obtained the sum of P600,000 from Tebogo Koketso by purporting to have sold and passed ownership through a fraudulent title deed for a ploughing field located at Ruele lands.

In the rest of the counts, 11 in all, Nkomazana and Omang office and the Department of Road Transport and Safety officials simultaneously aided  Nkomazana obtain Botswana identity documents in the name of Bheki Khaya Mazibuku and a driver’s licence.



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