Magistrate erred in sentence - Judge Makwade

FRANCISTOWN: Justice Zibani Makhwade has condemned the magistrate court for not being fair in the way a man was convicted and sentenced on three counts of rape on 23 February last year.

The magistrate had sentenced Tshepiso Loeto to 10 years on the first count, 10 years on the second and 20 years on the third.  The sentences on counts one and two were to run concurrently.

On the third count the magistrate was under the impression that Loeto knew his positive HIV/AIDS status when he committed the offence.Though Loeto challenged conviction on all three charges, the judge found that the magistrate had only erred in the third count.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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