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Ritual Killing Botswana  (7 cases reported here)

Freedom of fear is a human right
Rule of law an obligation of the state


  1. Our Chief was abducted - Bakgatla
    "These people have failed to release the Segametsi report. Are they now telling us that we should accept Nyamadzabo's judgement?" said one speaker. The Segametsi ritual murder caused riots across Mochudi nearly 20 years ago. Government engaged the Scotland Yard to investigate, but never released the findings.

    Recently a certain Shadrack Ramaabya was found dead in what was suspected to be another ritual killing in Mochudi.
    November 1, 2010

  2. Botswana Ritual Murder Syndicate
    (...) One of the cases that Kekgonegile remembers vividly is the ritual murder in Sekoma village whilst he was based in Kanye. "I had found a person held by the police suspected for murdering another person and dumping the remains in a hole in the thickets. Wild animals had already eaten up some bodily parts," reminisces the former crack detective.

    (...) In another case which was equally anchored on circumstantial evidence, Kekgonegile says a person who was last seen in the company of a child that was later found dead with some body parts missing be fore the arrest was made.

    (...) University of Botswana (UB) social work lecturer, Log Raditlhokwa says people kill others because a traditional doctor has ordered such a killing to mix his muti with human flesh.

    "This practice is common across Africa among strong believers in the practice and that is the reason why young boys and girls disappear around the elections time".
    December 5, 2007

  3. Sepeni Thubisane Popo executed for ritual killing
    Popo was sentenced to death last year, by the Lobatse High Court for killing a Molepolole woman, Binki Balotlegi
    (...) Popo said a man asked him and his colleagues to get a baboon without fur. He said when they asked him what he meant, the man said he wanted them to find a woman's private parts for him. Popo said each of them was promised P1,000 after delivering the goods. 
    July 26, 2007
    November, 6 2007
  4. MP Causes Uproar Over 'Masire Ordered Killing' Jibe
    Member of Parliament (MP) for Ngwaketse West, Mephato Reatile, caused an uproar in Parliament on Friday when he charged that former President Sir Ketumile Masire was behind the 1994 killing of Binto Moroke in Mochudi. The youth was killed during riots that followed the ritual murder of Segametsi Mogomotsi.
    December 4, 2006
  5. Assistant Minister urges to refrain from ritual killing
    (...) Meanwhile, Kgosi Tlhabologo Boima of Mmadikola expressed concern on the high rate of incidences of disappearing people in Mmadikola, stating that it has tarnished the image of his village. He said the most recent victim, Ms Masego Chibone, was not mentally fit. He said Ms Chibone, who disappeared on New Years day, was the sixth person to disappear from the village. (...) In response, Assistant Minister Mokalake urged the residents to refrain from old practices of killing people for ritual purposes.
    July 6, 2006
  6. Ritual killers get jail sentences.
    April 5, 2006

  7. Court of Appeal orders govt to pay Sekobye for unlawful arrest
    Sekobye, who was arrested and detained on a charge of murder of the 14-year-old Segametsi Mogomotsi, had lodged an appeal with the Court of Appeal.  Segametsis body was found on November 6, 1994 on an open space in Mochudi. Her body had fatal injuries to the chest and her genitals had been removed. Her injuries thus had the hallmarks of a ritual killing. The police arrested and detained Sekobye as a suspect in the murder on 10 November 1994. Sekobyes arrest was based on the strength of a statement made on November 6 by a 15-year-old girl.
    31 January, 2006

    The maverick Kgosi Linchwe
    The only black mark in his reign occurred during the 1994 riots which made Mochudi temporarily ungovernable following the ritual killing of a school girl, Segametsi Mogomotsi. The rioters demanded the arrest of the killers.
    July 6, 2006
  8. They Cut Segametsi Into Parts: Ritual Murder, Youth, and the Politics of Knowledge in Botswana
    Anthropological Quarterly - Volume 73, Number 4, October 2000, pp. 204-214
    Authors:Burke, Charlanne;
    George Washington University Institute for Ethnographic Research

    "This article focuses on witchcraft in order to examine youth in Botswana. Two witchcraft realms preoccupy youth: boloi, in which an individual manipulates materials for personal gain or to harm someone, and dipheko, or ritual murder. Boloi poses a threat to youth by inducing headaches, pain, and dizziness. This suffering prevents youths’ socially upward movement and economic improvement by resulting in school failure, with ramifications for the family as well as the individual. Dipheko, while less common, is also dangerous to youth. Stories of witchcraft and school failure are related to conflicted social relations, competition for scarce resources, and youth action. Ritual murder accentuates these issues, magnifying and telescoping tensions onto youths’ bodies whose mutilation symbolizes a reversal of expected behavior and an interruption of social reproduction. Both kinds of witchcraft explain school failure and youth vulnerability, but each involves knowledge and youth action differently. In boloi youth supposedly know and do nothing—only... "

    October 2000

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