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Anger as women killings rise

A fine kettle of fish has resurfaced in today’s society. Botswana is currently traumatized by the catastrophic rise of brutal killings of women and the girl child that recently saw a headless body of a young woman being buried at Lerala Village. At the moment social media is abuzz with the pandemonium of bringing to an end women killings and protection of the girl child — Staffer DAVE BAAITSE writes.

Beginning of this year Botswana has seen a rise in the number of women who are brutally killed mostly in what the society came to term ‘passion killings’. This scenario has left women hopeless and vulnerable. By nature women are defenseless when buttonholed by their male counterpart, therefore their hopes are pinpointed in their aptitude to voice out their grievances using different platforms to stop the violence. Recently women and human rights activists have connived to raise awareness on this disturbing but growing phenomenon.

While detractors blame women for associating with ‘Killers’ or exposing themselves to danger, it is apparent that men on the other side need to be engaged on matters arising from passion killings. On June, this year a young woman was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered while attending the 1000 km Toyota Desert Race in Jwaneng and pictures of her naked body went viral on social media. Allegations of gang rape were reported in the incident, as that wasn’t enough the perpetrators went on to bring to an end her short lived life.

“Following the murder of a 20 year old Sesung woman at Jwaneng on the evening of the 23/06/2018, the police have successfully arrested four suspects linked to the case,” the police confirmed. The four are; Boemo Baitsi aged 24 years and Tshepho Molwalefi 29, from Kanye; Thuto Sungwasungwane 24 and Pako Segogwane 30, both from Lotlhakane East.

The suspects have since appeared before the Jwaneng Magistrate Court on the 03/07/2018 charged with a single count of murder. The police are likely to consider additional charges during the course of their investigations. The suspects have been remanded in custody and will appeared again on the 18/07/2018 at the Jwaneng Magistrate Court.

It seems numbers have increased this year with the most shocking one coming out last week. The ordeal of burying the headless body left the whole nation riling in shock and the family devastated. At the moment the Botswana Police is still working around the clock to find the missing head of the woman who was killed and found dumped at Marataneng ward in Tlokweng.

Their investigations led to the arrest of a middle aged man in Mochudi. The police also managed to recognize the identity of the 29 year old deceased and her parents, were informed instantly but the missing head was never discovered up to date. It was alleged that the accused was the deceased’s jealous boyfriend. The man was identified as Simon Badisa Kgowe 38, appeared briefly at the Extesion 2 Magistrate Court on a single count of murder. He was remanded in custody and will appear again for mention on the 16th August, 2018.  

On the same week a 22 year old woman was killed and dumped in the bush in Maun, the Botswana Police have confirmed. “Yes it is true, on the 4th of this month we received a call that a young lady was found lying unconscious in the bush. She was then rushed to Letsholathebe memorial hospital where she was confirmed dead,” revealed Maun Police, Station Commander. The station commander confirmed to have arrested a 27- year- old man of Botshelo ward in connection with murder of the deceased. “We have arrested a young man who is helping us with the investigations. The young man is believed to have been involved in a relationship with the deceased. The suspect also appeared briefly before court.  

Pressure groups are now calling on behavioral change amongst men. Even though detractors blame the girl child for the situation they found themselves in, it is apparent that men should take the blame. They continuously error in dealing with issues of cheating and end up killing their female counterparts. Couples who undergo challenges in their relationships are therefore advised to seek counselling.

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6th December 2023

Even though Botswana has over the years been performing extremely poorly at the Miss World competition, the country has confirmed that it will be hosting the beauty festival in 2026. Initially, the country was to host Miss World next year, something it failed to confirm before deadline. Director at Miss Botswana, Benjamin Raletsatsi, says Botswana will be ready then to host all participants. Miss Botswana Top 25 finalists left the boot camp yesterday. Quite shocking though, Miss Botswana team is still failing basics as responding to media inquiries on time yet it is dangerously hoping to host an event of high status

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DJ Sway ‘saved’ the YAMAs

22nd November 2023

DJ Sway, the daring and ambitious on-air presenter of Yarona FM, played a crucial role in saving the radio station’s music awards, known as the YAMAs. The event was initially dry and disorganized, but DJ Sway, who co-hosted with Pearl Thusi, injected life into the show. However, things took a turn for the worse when Pearl Thusi abruptly left the stage, leaving DJ Sway to carry on alone. Despite the unexpected setback, DJ Sway rose to the occasion and captivated the audience, effectively putting an end to the drama caused by Pearl Thusi.

In an exclusive interview after the YAMAs, DJ Sway revealed the behind-the-scenes chaos that unfolded during the event. He acknowledged the script editors, Phalana and Hope, who worked tirelessly to reedit the script and adapt it to a one-host format. Despite the last-minute changes, DJ Sway remained composed and focused, thanks to the support of his colleagues, such as Owen Rampha, Katlego Rakola, Tshepang Motsisi (DJ Easy), and LB.

When asked about his initial reaction to the unexpected turn of events, DJ Sway admitted to feeling saddened by how things ended. However, he credited Pearl Thusi for giving him a much-needed confidence boost during his moment of doubt. She reminded him that he was destined for greatness and that he didn’t need big stars to succeed. With her words of encouragement, DJ Sway regained his composure and approached the rest of the show with the same professionalism and charisma he displays on the radio.

To overcome the challenges he faced, DJ Sway relied on his radio skills and calm personality. He engaged with the audience as if he were speaking to a single person, pointing out individuals in the crowd to create a more intimate connection. He also expressed gratitude for his backstage team, who provided support and ensured the smooth running of the show.

DJ Sway expressed satisfaction in being seen as the saving grace of the YAMAs. He believed that he fulfilled his role as a host and brought joy to the Yarona FM board, his family, and his fans. Despite his success, DJ Sway’s journey has not been without hardships. He has experienced the loss of his mother and sister, which has left a lasting impact on him. While he continues to grieve, he seeks solace in therapy sessions and relies on his father for emotional support.

DJ Sway’s dedication to his craft and ability to overcome adversity make him a remarkable figure in the radio industry. His vibrant personality and deep knowledge of music have made him a perfect fit for Yarona FM. Despite the challenges he has faced, DJ Sway remains determined to make a positive impact and bring joy to his listeners. With his talent and resilience, there is no doubt that DJ Sway will continue to thrive in his career and leave a lasting legacy in the world of radio.


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Chef Gustos walk of shame

22nd November 2023

Chef Gustos, the renowned hitmaker, recently experienced what can only be described as a walk of shame at the 8th edition of the Yarona FM Music Awards (YAMAs). Despite being nominated a whopping seven times, he failed to secure a single win. Ouch!

The night was filled with surprises, drama, and controversy, but the biggest winner of the evening was Han C, who walked away with three awards, including Best Pop and Best Male Single for his hit song, “Sebinki.” Han C graciously announced that he would be donating P10,000 from his winnings to his fellow nominees, promoting a spirit of togetherness among artists. What a noble gesture!

Meanwhile, Chef Gustos found himself on the losing end of several categories, including People’s Choice Artist of the Year, which he had won in the past. He seemed unfazed by the loss, stating, “People know that ‘Away’ was big, but they won’t stop me.” It’s clear that Chef Gustos is determined to continue making music, regardless of the awards he receives.

However, he did express his frustration with the outcome, suggesting that the awards may be corrupt. He declined to comment further, citing the need to protect his brand and maintain good relationships with corporate clients. It’s understandable that he wants to avoid any potential damage to his future prospects.

In fact, Chef Gustos went so far as to request that Yarona FM not nominate him for future YAMAs. It seems he wants to distance himself from the disappointment and focus on his music without the pressure of awards. Perhaps this decision will allow him to create freely and without the burden of expectations.

While Chef Gustos may have experienced a walk of shame at the YAMAs, it’s important to remember that awards do not define an artist’s talent or success. His fans still appreciate his music, and he continues to have gigs with corporate clients. So, despite the disappointment, Chef Gustos remains optimistic about his future in the industry.

In the end, the YAMAs may have been a letdown for Chef Gustos, but he’s determined to keep moving forward. He won’t let a lack of awards dampen his spirits or hinder his creativity. And who knows, maybe next time he’ll come back stronger and prove that he’s deserving of recognition. After all, the true measure of an artist’s success lies in the hearts of their fans, not in shiny trophies.


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