Soldier Conned Of P200,000 In Car Deal

Karabo Makhombe
Karabo Makhombe

FRANCISTOWN: A Botswana Defence Force (BDF) soldier may well have thrown her money down the drain when she entrusted an alleged ‘con artist’ with P200,000 to buy two cars in South Africa on her behalf.

The alleged conman, Karabo Makhombe (28) of Selebi-Phikwe, landed in hot soup after he allegedly defrauded Kesentseng Jackson of the said amount. It is alleged that Makhombe unlawfully obtained P200,000 from Jackson by falsely claiming that he was an employee of Bamangwato Toyota as such was better placed to assist Jackson with the purchase of vehicles when in fact, he was not an employee of the company while he knew was not.

This happened on February 11, 2021, in Francistown, When Makhombe appeared before the senior Magistrate Thapelo Buang on Friday, the prosecution applied for his remand in custody to allow the police to carry out their investigations without any possible interference from the accused. Mompoloki Mabalane from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions requested that the plea be reserved "because investigations are still at their initial stages.

Also, by consensus, we have agreed with the defence counsel that this matter shall be called on October 28 for a status update on which date we will not oppose the accused being granted bail".

The defence attorney Oratile Koonne then confirmed what the prosecution had said. Magistrate Buang remanded the accused in custody as per the application of the prosecution. The matter was set down for status update on October 28.

Editor's Comment
Everyone should be on high alert

Close to half a million people in the country have been fully vaccinated while over 800,000 have received their first doses. Botswana has tackled tough hurdles, but the race is far from over.Batswana are gearing up for the holidays and there will be a lot of movement across the country and outside the country. Social gatherings are back in full force and now more than ever, people should observe COVID-19 protocols.Our neighbouring country South...

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