Unlicensed driver kills five-year-old

PALAPYE: A five-year-old girl was killed in a car accident, while her 18-year-old sister sustained injuries on Tuesday night.

Letlhakane police station commander, Superintended Michael Maphephu, confirmed in an interview yesterday that the accident occurred along the Serowe-Orapa road. He said that the siblings were trying to cross the road when they were hit by a BMW car.

“The girl was certified dead upon arrival at the hospital while her older sister sustained injuries and at this point in time we do not know her state of injuries,” he said.

Maphephu said that the 35-year-old driver of the vehicle is in police custody and he will be charged with causing death by reckless driving as well as driving without a licence.

He advised drivers to always be careful when driving at night and to also observe the speed limit.

Meanwhile, the station commander said that they are investigating a case in which five men were caught poaching two kudus.

According to Maphephu these men unlawfully killed the animals on two separate incidents at Mosu village.

Three of them aged 31-35 were arrested after being found with the kudu biltong with the intention of selling it.

The other two were arrested in connection with a separate incident. All the men are in police custody. He said that this was the third case of unlawful hunting since the beginning of the year in his area of policing. Maphephu cautioned poachers to desist from eating their loot before it is tested for diseases. ts their lives in danger with a possibility of causing deaths.


She said that some women use pills that terminate pregnancy not knowing how to use them and end up overdosing, thus putting their lives at risk.

“We do not know where they take those pills from but plead with women to avoid unsafe abortions and rather practice family planning to avoid unplanned pregnancy which is usually the cause of unsafe abortions,” said Kabondora.

A nurse at Donga clinic and coordinator of sexual heath and sexually transmitted diseases, Caroline Setshego-Mmopi shared Kabondora’s sentiments saying they are worried by the high cases of unsafe abortions among the youth in Francistown.

Setshego-Mmopi said unconfirmed reports show that women in Francistown nowadays use the alleged urine therapy to conduct backyard abortions in Francistown.

“In some locations in the city they commonly use surgical spirits that can damage their kidneys as spirits are for external use only,” stressed Setshego-Mmopi.

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