2021: The year of the hangman

Judgment day: The Francistown High Court was busy this year PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
Judgment day: The Francistown High Court was busy this year PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The year 2021 will probably go down in history as the year in which the High Court in Francistown sentenced to death a good number of people. Mmegi Correspondent, LEBOGANG MOSIKARE summarises some of the cases that made news headlines

Nthoiwa Maxala sentenced to death Maxala was sentenced to death for the 2015 gangster style murder of Thuso Mlalazi. Mlalazi -a former Physics teacher at Tutume McConnell-was shot and killed by Maxala on September 13 at Somerset East in 2015. Justice Matlhogonolo Phuthego said when sentencing Maxala to death for Mlalazi’s premeditated murder: “In this case, after the accused had a scuffle with the deceased, he went to his place and took his gun and loaded it and thereafter started to look for the deceased. He then went to Savemore to continue to drink. He had time to cool off and properly reflect on the actions that he was planning to take. When he heard that the deceased was in Francistown, he drove about 20 kilometres from Borolong to Francistown to look for the deceased. When he spotted the deceased, the deceased ran away.” Phuthego added: “The accused was determined to end the life of the deceased. He followed the deceased and upon cornering him, he took his loaded gun and gunned down him which led to the death of the deceased... When the accused committed this offence he was no longer a child... In the result, no exceptional extenuating circumstances exist in this case, the accused is sentenced to death and he shall be hanged by the neck until he dies... .” Moses Kanika A jealous man, who could not fathom the fact that his ex-girlfriend was no longer in love with him, was sentenced to death Thursday for her murder.

The accused, Moses Kanika, was sentenced to death for murdering Wanani Tafila on January 16, 2016 in Selibe-Phikwe. “I therefore, I am of the considered view that there are no extenuating factors in this matter. The evidence is that the deceased owing to dissatisfaction with the accused because she was subjected to emotional and physical abuse, ended their love relationship in November 2015. On January 16, 2016, the deceased was preparing to leave for work when the accused purely came to her place with an intention to kill her... The deceased shouted saying ‘please let’s talk and don’t kill me’ whilst the accused was stabbing her. Neighbours heard the deceased screaming but he did not stop to stab her,” said Justice Lot Moroka.

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