Operation Kgomo-Khumo family arrest grips Lerala

Ogaufi Gareope, Moipei Gabatshele, Gomolemo Malapela PIC: BOTSWANA POLICE SERVICE
Ogaufi Gareope, Moipei Gabatshele, Gomolemo Malapela PIC: BOTSWANA POLICE SERVICE

In the heat of the Kgomo-Khumo Operation at Lerala village, a family—comprising a father, mother and their 21-year-old son—faced a packed Lerala Customary Court on Friday.

The trio stood accused after being caught red-handed with meat from two suspected stolen cattle. Arrested by the police on October 17, 2023, at their Lerala residence after being found in possession of carcasses of bovines, Ogaufi Gareope, 63, his fiancé Moipei Gabatshele, 61, and their son Gomolemo Malapela faced charges of stealing and slaughtering two cows on October 15 at Bobuakwena cattle posts.

The arrest led the police to their farm in Bobuakwena, where more carcass parts and biltong were discovered. The court remanded the trio in custody and is set to appear for mention on October 27. Botswana Police Service spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Dipheko Motube revealed that Lerala has been identified as a hot spot for stock theft.

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